Walt Disney

Producer, director, and animator Walt Disney

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney was an American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur, entertainer, international icon, and philanthropist, well known for his influence in the field of entertainment during the 20th century. Along with his brother Roy O. Disney, he was co-founder of Walt Disney Productions, which later became one of the best-known motion picture producers in the world.
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Hawaii: Disney's Aulani resort opens on Oahu - MiamiHerald.com
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The Walt Disney Co.'s new upscale, beachside Hawaiian resort Aulani opened last week thousands of miles from the nearest Disney theme park. And while Mickey Mouse and friends can be found on the property, Hawaii's culture, history and natural beauty
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'Bachelor Pad': Vienna, Kasey play golf at Disney World - Orlando Sentinel (blog)
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Kasey and Vienna soak up the sun while playing miniature golf today at Walt Disney World Resort. Photo credit: Preston Mack/Disney We don't know how “Bachelor Pad” will end. The season finale won't be until Sept. 12. But Disney World gave a hint of
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Hawaii's story comes to life at Disney's Aulani - SILive.com (blog)
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According to Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Aulani "captures the very best of the rich Hawaiian storytelling and culture with a touch of Disney." Walt Disney CompanyThe two main towers at Disney's Aulani Resort and Spa overlook
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Disney Launches Turkish Version of 'Desperate Housewives' - Hollywood Reporter
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Walt Disney Company confirmed it has begun production on a Turkish version of the hit show, called Umutsuz Ev Kadinlari, together with local production house Medyapim. The series will air on Kanal D, Turkey's number one commercial network,
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Ex-Disney Film Chief Said to Seek $625M Financing - Bloomberg
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Dick Cook, former chairman of Walt Disney Studios, is seeking to raise $625 million in equity financing to make and distribute family oriented films, according to a banker briefed on the ... -
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A Look at Disney's New Hawaiian Resort 'Aulani' - ABC News
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The Walt Disney Co.'s new upscale, beachside Hawaiian resort Aulani opens Monday, thousands of miles from the nearest Disney theme park. And while Mickey Mouse and friends can be found on the property, Hawaii's culture,
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Walt Disney World Luggage (Medium) - Magical Definition (blog)
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This Walt Disney World logo luggage will provide you with years of use. Black. Medium size (21x14x8) We apologize but we are unable to ship this item internationally. This item comes direct from the Walt Disney World Resort, and is picked up
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Studios, companies unite for Burbank museum - Burbank Leader
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The Falcon Theatre, Walt Disney Co., Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon are among the creative forces that will contribute to an art exhibit at the Burbank Creative Arts Center that opens Aug. 5. The center is celebrating 100 years of the city's
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Hospitals turn to Disney to improve service - Vancouver Sun
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Their instructor: The Walt Disney Co. "Disney understands guest services," said Kathy Cocking, Barton's vice-president of operations. "And we're not as good as we want to be." In classes at the hospital, two Disney consultants taught employees how to
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Chiquita and Walt Disney World reach agreement - The Packer
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Chiquita Brands International, Cincinnati, has made an agreement to supply its products to some Walt Disney World Resort retail points. It plans to supply its products, including its Fresh Express line, to Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.,
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1966
    Age 64
    Disney had been a heavy smoker since World War I. He did not use cigarettes with filters, and had smoked a pipe as a young man. In November 1966, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and treated with cobalt therapy.
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    During 1966, Disney cultivated businesses willing to sponsor EPCOT.
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  • 1965
    Age 63
    In late 1965, he announced plans to develop another theme park to be called "Disney World" (now Walt Disney World), a few miles southwest of Orlando, Florida.
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  • 1964
    Age 62
    In the United States, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on September 14, 1964 and, in 1969, he was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.
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    Disney provided four exhibits for the 1964 New York World's Fair, for which he obtained funding from selected corporate sponsors.
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    In 1964, Disney produced Mary Poppins, based on the book series by P. L. Travers; he had been trying to acquire the rights to the story since the 1940s.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1955
    Age 53
    Disney also oversaw aspects of the full-length features Lady and the Tramp (the first animated film in CinemaScope) in 1955, Sleeping Beauty (the first animated film in Technirama 70 mm film) in 1959, One Hundred and One Dalmatians (the first animated feature film to use Xerox cels) in 1961 and The Sword in the Stone in 1963.
    Despite the demands wrought by non-studio projects, Disney continued to work on film and television projects. In 1955 he was involved in "Man in Space", an episode of the Disneyland series, which was made in collaboration with NASA rocket designer Wernher von Braun.
  • 1954
    Age 52
    In 1954, after the Disneyland funding had been agreed, ABC broadcast Walt Disney's Disneyland, an anthology consisting of animated cartoons, live-action features and other material from the studio's library.
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    Construction work started in July 1954, and Disneyland opened in July 1955; the opening ceremony was broadcast on ABC, which reached 70 million viewers.
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    In mid-1954, Disney sent his Imagineers to every amusement park in the U.S. to analyze what worked and what pitfalls or problems there were in the various locations and incorporated their findings into his design.
  • 1952
    Age 50
    In March 1952 he received zoning permission to build a theme park in Burbank, near the Disney studios.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1950
    Age 48
    In early 1950, Disney produced Cinderella, his studio's first animated feature in eight years.
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  • 1949
    Age 47
    In 1949, Disney and his family moved to a new home in the Holmby Hills district of Los Angeles.
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  • 1947
    Age 45
    In 1947, during the Second Red Scare, Disney testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), where he branded Herbert Sorrell, David Hilberman and William Pomerance, former animators and labor union organizers, as Communist agitators; Disney stated that the 1941 strike led by them was part of an organized Communist effort to gain influence in Hollywood.
  • 1946
    Age 44
    In 1946 he was a founding member of the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, an organization who stated they "believed in, and like, the American Way of Life... we find ourselves in sharp revolt against a rising tide of Communism, Fascism and kindred beliefs, that seek by subversive means to undermine and change this way of life".
  • 1943
    Age 41
    Disney also produced several propaganda productions, including shorts such as Der Fuehrer's Facewhich won an Academy Awardand the 1943 feature film Victory Through Air Power.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1941
    Age 39
    The latter measure, and Disney's sometimes high-handed and insensitive manner of dealing with staff, led to a 1941 animators' strike which lasted five weeks.
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  • 1940
    Age 38
    Disney grew more politically conservative as he got older. A Democratic Party supporter until the 1940 presidential election, when he switched allegiance to the Republicans, he became a generous donor to Thomas E. Dewey's 1944 bid for the presidency.
    In response to the financial crisis, Disney and his brother Roy started the company's first public stock offering in 1940, and implemented heavy salary cuts.
    Both films were released in 1940, and neither performed well at the box officepartly because revenues from Europe had dropped following the start of World War II in 1939.
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  • 1938
    Age 36
    Disney has been portrayed numerous times in fictional works. H. G. Wells references Disney in his 1938 novel The Holy Terror, in which World Dictator Rud fears that Donald Duck is meant to lampoon the dictator.
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  • 1934
    Age 32
    By 1934, Disney had become dissatisfied with producing formulaic cartoon shorts, and began a four-year production of a feature-length cartoon, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, based on the fairy tale.
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  • 1933
    Age 31
    In 1933, Disney produced The Three Little Pigs, a film described by the media historian Adrian Danks as "the most successful short animation of all time".
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  • 1932
    Age 30
    Flowers and Trees was popular with audiences and won the Academy Award for best Short Subject (Cartoon) at the 1932 ceremony.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1931
    Age 29
    Disney had a nervous breakdown in October 1931which he blamed on the machinations of Powers and his own overworkso he and Lillian took an extended holiday to Cuba and a cruise to Panama to recover.
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  • 1930
    Age 28
    In 1930, Disney tried to trim costs from the process by urging Iwerks to abandon the practice of animating every separate cel in favor of the more efficient technique of drawing key poses and letting lower-paid assistants sketch the in-between poses.
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  • 1927
    Age 25
    Following the 1927 sensation The Jazz Singer, Disney used synchronized sound on the third short, Steamboat Willie, to create the first sound cartoon.
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    The series ran until July 1927, by which time Disney had begun to tire of it and wanted to move away from the mixed format to all animation.
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  • 1926
    Age 24
    By 1926 Winkler's role in the distribution of the Alice series had been handed over to her husband, the film producer Charles Mintz, although the relationship between him and Disney was sometimes strained.
  • 1925
    Age 23
    Early in 1925, Disney hired an ink artist, Lillian Bounds.
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  • 1924
    Age 22
    In July 1924 Disney also hired Iwerks, persuading him to relocate to Hollywood from Kansas City.
  • 1923
    Age 21
    Disney moved to Hollywood in July 1923.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1921
    Age 19
    In May 1921, the success of the "Laugh-O-Grams" led to the establishment of Laugh-O-Gram Studio, for which he hired more animators, including Fred Harman's brother Hugh, Rudolf Ising and Iwerks.
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  • 1920
    Age 18
    In January 1920, as Pesmen-Rubin's revenue declined after Christmas, Disney and Iwerks were laid off.
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  • 1919
    Age 17
    Disney returned to Kansas City in October 1919, where he worked as an apprentice artist at the Pesmen-Rubin Commercial Art Studio.
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  • 1918
    Age 16
    After forging the date of birth on his birth certificate, he joined the Red Cross in September 1918 as an ambulance driver.
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    In mid-1918, Disney attempted to join the United States Army to fight against the Germans, but he was rejected for being too young.
  • 1917
    Age 15
    In 1917, Elias bought stock in a Chicago jelly producer, the O-Zell Company, and moved back to the city with his family.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1911
    Age 9
    In 1911, the Disneys moved to Kansas City, Missouri.
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  • 1909
    Age 7
    He and his younger sister Ruth started school at the same time at the Park School in Marceline in late 1909.
  • 1906
    Age 4
    In 1906, when Disney was four, the family moved to a farm in Marceline, Missouri, where his uncle Robert had just purchased land.
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  • 1903
    Age 1
    Aside from Disney, Elias and Call's sons were Herbert, Raymond and Roy; the couple had a fifth child, Ruth, in December 1903.
  • 1901
    Born
    Walt Disney was born on December 5, 1901, at 1249 Tripp Avenue, in Chicago's Hermosa neighborhood.
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