WALT DISNEY- HE GREW UP POOR
Walt Disney was the fourth of five children, and was a part of a poor family, who in order to earn a livelihood, moved to Kansas City from Chicago. Sick of the deprivations, two of his older brothers ran away from home, but he persevered because of the support of his family’s neighbors.
NEIGHBORS-GODFATHERS IN DISGUISE
When he was just a child, his neighbor hired him to draw pictures of the man’s horse. Also his friend, Walter Pfeiffer, whose family had been in theatre, introduced him to the world of movies. It was because of them that Walt Disney developed his interest in art and animation.
HE LIED ABOUT HIS AGE TO JOIN DEFENSE
He had a zeal for adventurous things. He was just 16,when US entered World War I, but he claimed himself to be mature enough to be a part of US Navy and attempted to join it, but was turned down. He even tried to join the Canadian armed forces but was again unsuccessful. Finally he landed up being the Red Cross ambulance driver. He tried his best, although the war ended before he made overseas.
HIS FIRST STUDIO WENT BANKRUPT
After the war, he landed a job at an art studio working on print advertisements. He and his co-worker decided to part ways from the company to have their own setup, but ultimately winded it off to start another studio focusing on animation, called Laugh-O-Gram, which too bombed. Although Laugh-O-Gram’s cartoons were popular but the company went bankrupt, after which Walt Disney headed to Hollywood.
A BAD BUSINESS DEAL RESULTED IN THE CREATION OF MICKEY MOUSE
His new studio at California worked on an animation series “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit”, distributed by Universal Pictures, which became popular. However, instead of getting a fee hike, his client tried to cut his fees, and by the time everything got sorted out, Disney had lost the rights to the popular character. He then worked on another character, Mortimer Mouse, which he renamed as Mickey Mouse, and rest as they say, is history.
HE MORTGAGED HIS HOUSE TO MAKE HIS FIRST EPIC MOVIE
His studio primarily created cartoon shorts that were telecast before feature-length films, but he planned to do a full-length animated movie, the mere idea of which was objected by many but he was determined to go ahead. The cost approached $1.5 million-but when the movie Snow White was released, it was hailed by Time magazine as an “authentic masterpiece” and fetched in $8 million.
RECORD FOR THE MOST ACADEMY AWARDS AND OSCAR NOMINATIONS ARE STILL HELD BY HIM
After Snow White,he had a string of acclaimed animated hits, including Pinocchio,Dumbo,and Bambi.He had his share of misses as well,but ultimately he won 22 Academy Awards and was nominated 59 times and both these stand as records.
WORLD WAR II MADE HIM LOSE ALMOST EVERYTHING
With the advent of World War II, the European and Asian Film markets vanished, and when the US entered the war, Disney’s studio went to work to create training and propaganda movies for the US army. This made his work suffer as many of his key employees were drafted into the defense. His studio was able to recover only after Cinderella was released in 1950.
WALT DISNEY WORLD WAS NAMED TO ENSURE HE REMAINED IN MEMORIES FOREVER
His creation at Florida includes Disney’s first name in it’s official form. It was because Disney died in 1966,and Roy, who postponed retirement to oversee construction, insisted his brother’s first name be included on the grounds that
“Everyone has heard of Ford cars. But have they all heard of Henry Ford, who started it all? Walt Disney World is in memory of the man who started it all, so people will know his name as long as Walt Disney World is here”