Disney Walt 1901 - 1965 (64)

If you can dream it, you can do it.


Walt Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 7 his family moved to Kansas City where he grow up. At 16, when A world war outbreak, he declared he was older in order to join Red Cross. Returning to Kansas City he won a scholarship and studied at the city's Art Institute. In early 1920 he made a cartoon company but it went bankrupt. In 1923 he went to Hollywood to work in film industry as a designer and in 1928, on a train trip he designed a mouse which he named it Mickey. He started making cartoons starring Mickey Mouse and had a great success. In 1932 he made the first color animation film while in 1937 he had the innovative idea, to create an animation with the duration of a movie. They mocked him in Hollywood because they thought that could not be made an animated film longer than 10 or 20 minutes. He made the film "Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs" and had unprecedented success. Walt had Midas’ touch. With his company «Walt Disney productions» created big successes, including: Pinocchio, Dumbo, Bambi, Fantasia, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, The island of treasures, Zorro, etc.

Walt was the first who made films for TV and TV series with cartoons; in 1955 he built Disneyland, an innovative amusement park. In 1964 he created "Mary Popins" a film in which animation and real actors coexisted, a masterpiece that proved to be his swan song. According to information from his environment, Walt was a difficult man, self-centered and egomaniac, often with racist views. In his business he had never hired a black person, had women only for ancillary jobs, -never hired a female designer-, and at the era of McCarthyism he snitched some of his workers as suspected communists. In 1966 he fell ill with lung cancer and died on December 15 of the same year.