Have you ever watched a cartoon?
Once upon a fleeting time, in 1901, a child was born who would touch the lives of
millions of children. His name was Walter Elias Disney. And he loved to draw.
Early in the mornings, Walt would help his father and brother on a newspaper route.
He learned to work hard. In the evenings, Walt would draw. He practiced by copying
comics from newspapers. He liked to work with watercolors and crayons.
In high school, Walt was the cartoonist for the school newspaper and took art
classes. Once his neighbor paid him to draw a picture of his horse. Walt got a job as an
illustrator at the age of 18. All the time he spent drawing paid off.
Walt grew up to become a cartoonist, film producer and animator. Animators are
artists that specialize in the creation of animation. Animation is the process that makes
drawings seem to move. Before computers, artists drew pictures by hand for each
frame of a film. Each picture was slightly different from the other, making it look like the
drawing was in motion.
Ub Iwerks was a friend of Walt’s and together they drew a funny, animal cartoon
character named Mickey Mouse, who became the official mascot for the Walt Disney
Company. Mickey Mouse appeared in one of the first sound cartoons.
Disney Company films include the stories of Pinocchio, Snow White and the Seven
Dwarfs, Bambi, Dumbo, Fantasia, The Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, Peter Pan,
Treasure Island, Robin Hood, Lady and the Tramp, Mary Poppins and many more.
There was a total of 81 films that Walt Disney was involved in making.
Disney theme parks are fun places to go to. There are amusement rides, shows and
Disney characters to see. The parks are located in California, Florida, Japan, France,
Hong Kong, China, and Hawaii.
Mr. Disney died of lung cancer at the age of 65. His family built the Walt Disney
Family Museum in San Francisco. Over his life time, Walt Disney and his staff received
more than 950 honors and awards from around the world.
Disney holds the record for the most Academy Awards earned by an individual, 22