• Walt found work as an apprentice in an
advertising agency, the Commercial
Pesman-Rubin Art Studio. With a salary of $
50 a month in that job she met Ubbe Iwerks,
a young man of his age and exceptionally
gifted in drawing, with whom he befriended.
When the two are out of work set up their
own company, Iwerks-Disney Commercial
Artists. The company lasted only a month
since Walt chose to accept a secure job,
but convinced his new bosses to hire Iwerks.
In that work both learned the techniques, still
very rudimentary, animation film.
• In the spring of 1926 the two brothers
changed the name of his company,
which was renamed Walt Disney
• Disney conceived during a trip by train
from Hollywood to New York to
Mortimer, a mouse later renamed with
the name of Mickey
• In October 1928, Walt was quick to
add sound to a third film of Mickey,
Willie in the steam boat (1928). Good
mimic of voices and accents, Disney
made the little mouse and his girlfriend,
Minnie, talk to your own voice to cut
costs. The film, released on November
18, 1928 at a theater in New York,
scored a resounding success with
audiences and critics.
• Disney believed it should not be
complacent or bored doing only
movies of the famous mouse, which in
1932 won him the first of the Oscar
would receive during his career.
A year later, on May 27, 1933, silly
symphony premiered was number
thirty-six and that was to have an
unexpected success: The three little
• In 1934, when his study, 187 people,
was born Donald Duck, an irascible
character and wicked, who came to
join the dog Pluto and Goofy.
• Almost finished forties, Disney received
an interesting offer from Howard
Hughes: interest-free credit of one
million dollars in exchange for its aid in
a field. With that money, Disney
launched 18 new projects, including
Cinderella (1950), Alice in Wonderland
(1951) and Peter Pan (1953).
• In 1954 began the making of films
specifically for television, part of his artistic
production more reviled by critics.
Reviews will also rain down years later
with Mary Poppins (1964), his first feature
film with real actors only.
• Disney dreamed of building a huge
amusement park based on its characters.
• Billionaire and twenty-nine Oscars
awarded in the sixties had become one
of the best known and loved around the
world, but his health faltered, and his
whole empire went into a struggle for
• Heavy smoker and alcohol enthusiast,
died on December 15, 1966 in Los
Angeles, California, a victim of lung
• The "Wizard of Burbank 'had died
without seeing finished The Jungle
Book (1967), the second most
commercial film since the days of
Disney Snow White.
• After years without success Disney
Studios are again the kings of the
genre of animation with Beauty and
the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992) and
The Lion King (1994)
• This was the story of Walt
Disney, a man who once
“Disneyland will never be
finished, continue to grow
as long as the imagination.”
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