In this section of my site I want you to learn all about the genius behind the Disney legacy. The man who started it all Walt Disney. I'm going to provide you in this section a short biography of Walt Disney, also some famous quotes made by him about his animation. Also I encourage you to learn more at Just Disney.com a wonderful place to learn more about Walt. Also for some reason I can't get the Biograpy and Quotes links to work on netscape it works perfectly on Internt Explorer I'll have to work on that. So if you are using netscape you will just have to scroll down this page to see the Bio and Quotes. Thanks
After Walt's birth, the Disney family moved to Marceline Missouri, Walt lived most of his childhood here.
Walt attended McKinley High School in Chicago, and had an early interest in art. He would often sell drawing to neighbors to make extra money. Walt studied art and photography when he was young.
Though his father could be quite stern, and often there was little money, Walt was encouraged by his mother, and older brother, Roy to pursue his talents. Along with art, Walt had an early interest in Nature and wildlife.
During the fall of 1918, Walt attempted to enlist for military service. He was rejected because he was under age, He was only sixteen years old at the time. So instead, Walt joined the Red Cross and was sent overseas to France, where he spent a year driving an ambulance and chauffeuring Red Cross officials. His ambulance was covered from front to back with Disney cartoons, boy I would love to see that :)
When Walt returned from France, he began to pursue a career in commercial art. He started a small company called Laugh-O-Grams, which eventually fell bankrupt. With about 20 bucks in his pocket he headed for Hollywood to start over.
After making a success of his "Alice Comedies," Walt became a recognized Hollywood figure. On July 13, 1925, Walt married one of his first employees, Lillian Bounds, in Lewiston, Idaho. Later on they would be blessed with two daughters, Diane and Sharon.
In 1932, the production entitled Flowers and Trees(the first color cartoon) won Walt the first of his studio's Academy Awards. In 1937, he released The Old Mill, the first short subject to utilize the multi-plane camera technique.
On December 21, 1932, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length animated musical feature, premiered at the Carthay Theater in Los Angeles. The film produced at the unheard cost of $1,499,000 during the depths of the Depression, the film is still considered one of the great feats and imperishable monuments of the motion picture industry. During the next five years, Walt Disney Studios completed other full-length animated classics such as Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, and Bambi.
Walt Disney's dream of a clean, and organized amusement park, came true, as Disneyland Park opened in 1955. Walt also became a television pioneer, Disney began television production in 1954, and was among the first to present full-color programming with his Wonderful World of Color in 1961, this still comes on the Disney Channel at night during Vault Disney. I really enjoy being able to see Walt in person on this show.
Walt Disney is a legend; a folk hero of the 20th century. His worldwide popularity was based upon the ideals which his name represents: imagination, optimism, creation, and self-made success in the American tradition. He brought us closer to the future, while telling us of the past, it is certain, that there will never be such as great a man, as Walt Disney, he was a visionary that no one could ever come close to again.
"Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence. He was a means to an end."
"When people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it's because he's so human; and that is the secret of his popularity."
"He popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner."
"I was doing Sorcerer's Apprentice with Mickey Mouse and I happened to have dinner on night with Leopold Stokowski. And Stokowski said, 'Oh, I'd love to conduct that for you.' ... Well, that led to not only doing this one little short subject but it got us involved to where I did all of Fantasia and before I knew it I ended up spending four hundred and some thousand dollars getting music with Stokowski. But we were in then and it was the point of no return. We went ahead and made it."
"I started, actually, to make my first animated cartoon in 1920. Of course, they were very crude things then and I used sort of little puppet things."
"We have created characters and animated them in the dimension of depth, revealing through them to our perturbed world that the things we have in common far outnumber and outweigh those that divide us."
"In learning the art of storytelling by animation, I have discovered that language has an anatomy. Every spoken word, whether uttered by a living person or by a cartoon character, has its facial grimace, emphasizing the meaning."
"Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive. This facility makes it the most versatile and explicit means of communication yet devised for quick mass appreciation."
"I take great pride in the artistic development of cartoons. Our characters are made to go through emotions which a few short years ago would have seemed impossible to secure with a cartoon character. Some of the action produced in the finished cartoon of today is more graceful than anything possible for a human to do."
"To think six years ahead - even two or three - in this business of making animated cartoon features, it takes calculated risk and much more than blind faith in the future of theatrical motion pictures. I see motion pictures as a family-founded institution closely related to the life and labor of millions of people. Entertainment such as our business provides has become a necessity, not a luxury. . . it is the part which offers us the greatest reassurance about the future in the animation field."
"I try to build a full personality for each of our cartoon characters - to make them personalities."
This site is in no way affiliated with the Walt Disney Company, though it would like to be :) All characters are Copyright Disney. This site and graphics were designed by Lisa.