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Walt Disney (05.12.1901 - 15.12.1966) - American entrepreneur, cartoonist.

Walt Disney is the person who created the magical world of dreams for children. His heroes became legends, whereas he had changed the whole concept of film industry. According to some researchers he was the one who turned animation into true art. W. Disney was born in Chicago on December 5, 1901. However, he didnt stay long in the Windy City. When he was five, his family moved to Missouri.

The future film directors family was rather poor. As a child he used to work as a paperboy. At his teenage years he worked as a driver in the army. When he returned home he took up art as the main interest. As he always had a talent in drawing he managed to get a job at the advertising studio as an artist. At first, he created exclusive video advertising content. He was especially good at creating short sketches.

He soon fell in love with this new art form and started working day and night, experimenting with colors and techniques. These experiments led him to the world of hand-drawn animation. He had lots of creative plans, for example, together with his work buddy he set up a small studio. However, it soon went bankrupt due to poor finances and lack of proper experience. W. Disney was quite upset after this failure.

He gradually saved some amount of money, went to Los Angeles and together with his older brother set up the prominent Walt Disney Company, which at first functioned as a small animation studio. The first animated cartoon was released in 1924. It was Alices Day at Sea. The cartoon was followed by the whole series of other motion pictures about Lewis Carrolls famous character Alice in Wonderland. This series didnt have much success, but showed the publicity Disneys distinct style.

The first successful picture was created together with his old friend Ub Iwerks. It was the cartoon about the Lucky Rabbit Oswald, which became very popular among American children. The next popular hero that Disney came up with was Mickey Mouse. This character is still used in films, advertising and various child campaigns. For creating this iconic character Walt received his first Oscar.

As the time passed, Disneys empire became a real embodiment of cartoon art. Apart from creating colorful and exciting cartoons for kids, the film director had once decided to build a huge theme park, known as the Disneyland and found in many parts of our planet. He soon became a very rich man. Unfortunately, he died rather early at the age of 65. Walt suffered from excessive smoking which led to lung cancer.

After this Walt Disney Company decided to permanently exclude all cigarette images and smoking itself from the cartoons. During his lifetime the Walt was married only once and his marriage lasted till his last days. Together with Lillian Bounds they had two lovely daughters.



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