How did Walt Disney get famous

The story of Walter Disney and his world success

His name is one of the most famous of the 20th century, but very little is known about the unique life of Walter Disney. How did the former newspaper boy achieve his worldwide success?

Walter Elias Disney was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1901 as one of five children. While his siblings on their parents' fruit farm and Walter as a newspaper boy had to supplement their family income, he had been interested in drawing from an early age.

At the age of 14, Walt Disney took art lessons for the first time, a few years later - in 1919 - he met the draftsman Ub Iwerks and finally decided to turn his hobby into a profession.

From now on he drew short commercials and produced a number of short films in which he mixed characters from cartoons with real actors.

Oswald the funny rabbit

But the success did not really want to materialize yet, the studio founded with Iwerks soon ended in a financial disaster. In 1923 Walt Disney moved to Los Angeles and created the character "Oswald the funny rabbit" with his newly founded drawing and animation studio for Universal Pictures, which is now considered the forerunner of Mickey Mouse.

However, it was only created in 1927, penned by Ub Iwerks. The honorary Oscar awarded for the invention nevertheless went to Walt Disney.

In the following years other famous characters emerged, including Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto, Daisy Duck and the three little pigs. Disney produced the first animated film with sound and music effects as well as the first Technicolor film. In the mid-30s he already employed 750 people.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Disney achieved a sensational success in 1937 with the animated film adaptation of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", for which it was also awarded an honorary Oscar in 1939. This was followed by other cartoon productions until the early 1940s, including "Pinocchio", "Dumbo" and "Bambi". Disney later referred to the latter as his personal favorite film.

After the Second World War, Disney dedicated itself to the production of numerous adventure films such as "Treasure Island" and "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea". In addition, other cartoons such as "Cinderella", "Alice in Wonderland", "Peter Pan" and "Sleeping Beauty" were made. His documentaries, including "The Seal Island" and "The Desert Lives", also enjoyed international success.

Disney as a television pioneer

In order to get more money for his numerous production plans, Walt Disney also produced his first Hollywood films for TV in the early 1950s. With television shows such as "Disneyland", he also developed into a nationally popular television presenter, who presented his latest films on television, explained the art of animation or moderated films and series. With foresight, Disney had most of its television programs shot in color, although the state of the art at the time only allowed black and white broadcasting.

In 1955, Walt Disney opened the first Disneyland a few kilometers south of Los Angeles. In 1964 a second park was added in Orlando, Florida, which was to become even more successful than the first.

Disney's end of life

In 1964, the most successful Disney feature film, Mary Poppins, was released, which was awarded a total of five Academy Awards. The last film Disney was personally involved in was "The Jungle Book". Disney finally died in California in 1966, and his older brother Roy then took over Walt Disney Productions and the amusement parks. At that time, the Disney Corporation estimated that 240 million people around the world were watching a Disney film, 150 million were reading a Disney comic strip and around 80 million were buying merchandising products licensed by Disney. At that time, the company owned 493 short films, 21 cartoons, 47 feature films and 280 recorded TV shows, among others.

After his death, it was rumored that Walt Disney had been frozen in order to be resuscitated later. The fact that the rumor was so persistent is attributed, among other things, to the fact that little is known about the Disney's funeral to this day.

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