Walt Disney

Highest Rated: 100% Mary Poppins (1964)
Birthday: Dec 5, 1901
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Walt Disney has become a 20th century icon of Americana. Like many mythic American figures, he had a humble beginning, an ambitious entrepreneurial spirit, and a passion for modern technology. Born in Chicago, he enrolled at the Kansas City Art Institute at age 14. Toward the end of World War I, when he was 16, Disney volunteered to drive ambulances in France. Upon his return home, he worked for a commercial art studio in Kansas City; there he teamed up with artist Ub Iwerks, who would become his lifelong business partner. Together, they moved to the Kansas City Film Ad Company to make animated commercials; this spawned their first brief business venture, Laugh-O-Grams, which sold satirical cartoons to a local theater. The success of these cartoons inspired Disney to create his own animation studio, where he independently produced such shorts as Puss in Boots (1922) and The Musicians of Bremen (1923). As the cartoons cost more to make than they earned, this first studio was not financially successful. In 1923, Disney (who, legend has it, had only 40 dollars to his name), his brother Roy, and Iwerks, went to Hollywood to begin producing the Alice in Cartoonland series of shorts that combined animation with live-action. In 1927, Disney and Iwerks created their first popular character, Oswald Rabbit. Unfortunately, a bitter dispute with the cartoon's distributor resulted in Disney losing the rights to Oswald. The distributor also hired away most of Disney's staff and produced more Oswald cartoons without him. Disney's next character was the beloved Mickey Mouse, whom he starred in two silent shorts, Plane Crazy and Gallopin' Gaucho. For his third Mickey cartoon, Steamboat Willie (1928), Disney used sound. The success of Willie led Disney to create the "Silly Symphony" series, in which the characters' antics were synchronized to prerecorded music. As most animators did it the other way around, this was an innovation. The best known of this series was The Three Little Pigs (1933), which contained the hit song "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf." During the 1930s, many of Disney's other beloved characters began to appear, including Minnie Mouse, Pluto (originally called Dippy Dawg), Goofy, and Donald Duck. And as they developed, so did his use of technology. Disney began using two-strip color in 1931; by the mid-'30s, he was using three-strip Technicolor, and he had exclusive use of the process for three years. At his growing studio -- which employed hundreds of people and included its own art school -- the revolutionary multiplane camera was developed, which allowed for more fluid, realistic animated movements with greater perspective and depth. In 1934, Disney began working on his first feature-length animated film, a project he'd been dreaming of for years. No one in the industry supported his idea, believing that such extended exposure to animation would give the audience headaches. But Disney, driven to experiment further with his newfound technology, was not dissuaded; in 1937, he released Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a film that went on to gross nearly eight million dollars in its first release. Soon, other such features followed. Audiences liked them for many reasons: the animation was spectacular, the tunes were hummable, and the stories -- ultra-sanitized versions of the originals -- were reassuringly upbeat during the troubled war years. The one exception was Disney's technical masterpiece, Fantasia (1940). Though it didn't initially do well, subsequent, more sophisticated audiences have come love it. During World War II, the Disney studios also churned out propaganda films for the government; the best-known was the documentary Victory Through Air Power (1943). At one point during the early '40s, it looked as if all of Disney's dreams would disintegrate when most of his staff resigned over his authoritarianism and insistence upon absolute artistic control. Still, Disney continued turning out shorts and features, some o

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Fantasia - 75th Anniversary Producer Actor 2015
No Score Yet Get A Horse Mickey Mouse 2013
59% Walt & El Grupo Actor 2008
No Score Yet Disneyland: Secrets, Stories and Magic of the Happiest Place on Earth Actor 2007
No Score Yet Il était une fois... Walt Disney (Once Upon a Time... Walt Disney) Actor 2006
No Score Yet Vintage Mickey Producer 2005
No Score Yet Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas Producer 2004
36% Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers Producer 2004
No Score Yet Emil and the Detectives Producer 2002
40% Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Producer 1999
88% Frank and Ollie Actor 1997
No Score Yet The Rose Parade: Through the Years Actor 1988
No Score Yet Disneyland USA Actor 1970
No Score Yet Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day Producer 1968
87% The Jungle Book Executive Producer Producer 1967
No Score Yet Charlie the Lonesome Cougar Producer 1967
No Score Yet The Gnome-Mobile Producer 1967
50% The Happiest Millionaire Producer 1967
43% The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin Producer 1967
No Score Yet Monkeys, Go Home! Producer 1967
No Score Yet Scrooge McDuck and Money Producer 1967
No Score Yet Follow Me, Boys! Producer 1966
No Score Yet The Ugly Dachshund Producer 1966
No Score Yet The Fighting Prince of Donegal Producer 1966
No Score Yet The Monkey's Uncle Producer 1965
No Score Yet Those Calloways Producer 1965
No Score Yet Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree Producer 1965
100% Mary Poppins Producer 1964
No Score Yet Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow Producer 1964
No Score Yet A Tiger Walks Producer 1964
No Score Yet Emil and the Detectives Producer 1964
65% The Sword in the Stone Producer 1963
88% The Incredible Journey Producer 1963
No Score Yet Summer Magic Producer 1963
No Score Yet Miracle of the White Stallions Producer 1963
86% Son of Flubber Producer 1963
No Score Yet Johnny Shiloh Producer 1963
No Score Yet In Search of the Castaways Producer 1962
No Score Yet Big Red Producer 1962
No Score Yet Bon Voyage! Producer 1962
No Score Yet The Prince and the Pauper Producer 1962
No Score Yet The Legend of Lobo Producer 1962
No Score Yet Sammy, the Way-Out Seal Producer 1962
36% Babes in Toyland Producer 1961
No Score Yet Greyfriars Bobby Producer 1961
No Score Yet Nikki, Wild Dog of the North Producer 1961
82% The Absent-Minded Professor Producer 1961
98% 101 Dalmatians Producer 1961
No Score Yet Ten Who Dared Producer 1960
No Score Yet Jungle Cat Producer 1960
85% Pollyanna Producer 1960
No Score Yet Kidnapped Producer 1960
No Score Yet The Sign of Zorro Producer 1960
100% Darby O'Gill and the Little People Producer 1959
No Score Yet Donald in Mathmagic Land Producer 1959
67% The Shaggy Dog Producer 1959
90% Sleeping Beauty Producer 1959
No Score Yet Paul Bunyan Producer 1958
No Score Yet The Light in the Forest Producer 1958
100% Old Yeller Producer 1957
No Score Yet Johnny Tremain Producer 1957
93% Lady and the Tramp Producer 1955
No Score Yet Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier Executive Producer 1955
No Score Yet The Vanishing Prairie Producer 1954
89% 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Producer 1954
No Score Yet The Living Desert Producer 1953
80% Peter Pan Producer 1953
81% Alice in Wonderland Producer 1951
No Score Yet Morris the Midget Moose Producer 1950
97% Cinderella Producer 1950
93% The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Producer 1949
No Score Yet Legend of Sleepy Hollow Producer 1949
No Score Yet Johnny Appleseed Producer 1948
89% Melody Time Producer 1948
No Score Yet So Dear to My Heart Producer 1948
67% Fun & Fancy Free Producer Mickey Mouse 1947
No Score Yet Mickey and the Beanstalk Mickey Mouse 1947
50% Song of the South Producer 1946
70% Make Mine Music Producer 1946
82% The Three Caballeros Director Producer 1944
82% Saludos Amigos Himself Producer 1943
90% Bambi Producer 1942
98% Dumbo Producer 1941
No Score Yet The Reluctant Dragon Himself Producer 1941
94% Fantasia Producer Director Mickey Mouse 1940
100% Pinocchio Producer 1940
No Score Yet Lonesome Ghosts Producer Mickey Mouse 1937
98% Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Producer Director 1937
No Score Yet Pluto's Judgement Day Producer Actor 1935
No Score Yet Who Killed Cock Robin? Producer 1935
No Score Yet Hollywood Party Mickey Mouse 1934
No Score Yet The Pied Piper Producer 1933
No Score Yet Lullaby Land Producer 1933
No Score Yet Three Little Pigs Producer 1933
No Score Yet Egyptian Melodies Producer 1931
No Score Yet The China Plate Producer 1931
No Score Yet The Ugly Duckling Producer 1931
No Score Yet The Skeleton Dance Producer Director 1929
No Score Yet When the Cat's Away Producer Director 1929
No Score Yet Steamboat Willie Mickey Mouse Director Producer 1928
No Score Yet Alice in Cartoonland Producer 1925
No Score Yet Four Musicians of Bremen Director 1922

TV

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No Score Yet Zorro
1957-1961
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