Walt Disney Darien Morrisseau
Facts • Son of a Canadian father and mother. • Grew up on an uncle’s farm near Marceline, Missouri. • Loved growing up on the farm and he used many of the farm animals in his animated cartoons. • At the time of his death in 1966, Disney made 21 full-length animated films, 493 short subjects, 47 live-action features, 7 True-Life Adventure features, 330 hours of Mickey Mouse Club T.V. shows, 78 half-hour Zorro T.V. adventures, and 280 other T.V. shows.
Facts continued • Walt Disney Productions estimated that around the world, 240,000,000 people saw a Disney movie, 10,000,000 watched a Disney T.V. show weekly, 800,000,000 read a Disney book or magazine, 50,000,000 responded to Disney music or records, and 6.7 million visited Disneyland in Anaheim, California. • Disney’s many accomplishments earned him numerous awards. • In 1932 he received an honorary Oscar for the creation of Mickey Mouse. • In 1964 President Lyndon Johnson presented Disney with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Theme Parks • Disneyland opened on July 18, 1955 in Anaheim, California and featured rides based on Disney film characters and settings. • On the day of the park opening, Disney said that “Disneyland will never be completed, as long as there is imagination left in the world.” • In 1971, after Disney’s death, his second planned theme park, Disney World opened near Orlando, Florida. • Disney also dreamed of developing a city of the future, therefore EPCOT opened, which stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. • EPCOT cost an initial 900 million dollars, and is supposed to appeal more to adults than to children.
Entertainment • His first early successful creation was Mickey Mouse, who debuted in his first cartoon, Steamboat Willie, with Disney as the voice of the mouse. • For years Disney feared that he would go down in history as the man who had created Mickey Mouse. • Started his own studio in Hollywood, California with the “Alice in Cartoonland” series, which he sold to local theaters. • In 1932 he developed the first cartoon to be made in full color, Flowers and Trees. • The world’s first full-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, appeared in 1937.