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Walt Disney



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 cont

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Fantasia - 75th Anniversary
  • Actor
  • Producer
2015
No Score Yet Get A Horse
  • Mickey Mouse
2013
No Score Yet Disneyland: Secrets, Stories and Magic of the Happiest Place on Earth
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Il ├ętait 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
86% The Jungle Book
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1967
No Score Yet Charlie the Lonesome Cougar
  • Producer
1967
No Score Yet The Gnome-Mobile
  • Producer
1967
No Score Yet The Happiest Millionaire
  • Producer
1967
No Score Yet 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
71% 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
36% Babes in Toyland
  • Producer
1961
No Score Yet Greyfriars Bobby
  • Producer
1961
No Score Yet Nikki, Wild Dog of the North
  • Producer
1961
81% The Absent-Minded Professor
  • Producer
1961
98% 101 Dalmatians
  • Producer
1961
No Score Yet Ten Who Dared
  • Producer
1960
83% 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
92% Sleeping Beauty
  • Producer
1959
No Score Yet Your Host, Walt Disney
  • 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
89% 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
76% Peter Pan
  • Producer
1953
79% 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
88% Melody Time
  • Producer
1948
No Score Yet So Dear to My Heart
  • Producer
1948
71% Fun & Fancy Free
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Producer
1947
No Score Yet Mickey and the Beanstalk
  • Mickey Mouse
1947
56% Song of the South
  • Producer
1946
67% Make Mine Music
  • Producer
1946
88% The Three Caballeros
  • Producer
  • Director
1944
80% Saludos Amigos
  • Producer
  • Himself
1943
89% Bambi
  • Producer
1942
97% Dumbo
  • Producer
1941
No Score Yet The Reluctant Dragon
  • Himself
  • Producer
1941
96% Fantasia
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Mickey Mouse
1940
100% Pinocchio
  • Producer
  • Director
1940
No Score Yet Fantasia Anthology
  • Producer
1940
No Score Yet Lonesome Ghosts
  • Producer
  • Mickey Mouse
1937
98% Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Director
  • Producer
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
  • Director
  • Producer
1929
No Score Yet When the Cat's Away
  • Director
  • Producer
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
No Score Yet Rare Interviews
  • Actor

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