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Walter Elias Disney

American Entrepreneur, Animator, Writer, Voice Actor and Film Produce

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TIMELINE

  • The Walt Disney Statue

    Disneyland

    A long-standing but false urban legend maintains that Disney was cryogenically frozen, and his frozen corpse was stored underneath the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland. The first known instance of cryogenic freezing of a corpse occurred a month later after his death, in January 1967.

    01-01-1967

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  • Disneyland grand opening

    Disneyland

    Walt Disney giving the opening day speech July 17, 1955 - "To all who come to this happy place; welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past...and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America...with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world."

    17-07-1955

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  • The Golden Age of Animation

    The success of Snow White, (for which Disney received one full-size, and seven miniature Oscar statuettes) allowed Disney to build a new campus for the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, which opened for business on December 24, 1939; Snow White was not only the peak of Disney's success, but it also ushered in a period that would later be known as the Golden Age of Animation for Disney.

    24-12-1939

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  • The Golden Age of Animation

    The success of Snow White, (for which Disney received one full-size, and seven miniature Oscar statuettes) allowed Disney to build a new campus for the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, which opened for business on December 24, 1939; Snow White was not only the peak of Disney's success, but it also ushered in a period that would later be known as the Golden Age of Animation for Disney.

    03-11-1939

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  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs were introduced

    Walt Disney introduces each of the Seven Dwarfs in a scene from the original 1937 Snow White theatrical trailer.

    27-02-1937

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  • Disney received it's first academy reward for the creation of "Mickey Mouse"

    Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)

    Disney received a special Academy Award for the creation of "Mickey Mouse", whose series was made into color in 1935 and soon launched spin-off series for supporting characters such as Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto; Pluto and Donald would immediately get their individual cartoons in 1937, and Goofy would get solo cartoons in 1939 as well.

    22-03-1932

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  • Silly Symphonies was released

    Following the footsteps of Mickey Mouse series, a series of musical shorts titled, Silly Symphonies was released in 1929. The first of these was titled The Skeleton Dance and was entirely drawn and animated by Iwerks, who was also responsible for drawing the majority of cartoons released by Disney in 1928 and 1929

    02-01-1929

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  • Mickey Mouse was born

    The first animated short with Mickey in it was titled, Plane Crazy, which was, like all of Disney's previous works, a silent film. After failing to find a distributor for Plane Crazy or its follow-up, The Gallopin' Gaucho, Disney created a Mickey cartoon with sound called Steamboat Willie.

    01-08-1928

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  • Disney set up a cartoon studio in Hollywood

    Disney and his brother pooled their money to set up a cartoon studio in Hollywood, known as Disney Brothers Studio‍—‌which later became The Walt Disney Company‍—‌to produce the films.

    01-01-1924

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  • Disney's cartoons, known as "Newman Laugh-O Grams" became widely popular

    Presented as "Newman Laugh-O Grams," Disney's cartoons became widely popular in the Kansas City area. Through the success of Laugh-O Grams, Disney was able to acquire his own studio and hire a vast number of additional animators. Unfortunately, with all his high employee salaries unable to make up for studio profits, Walt was unable to successfully manage money. As a result, the studio became loaded with debt and went bankrupt.

    02-08-1923

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  • Disney worked as an ad creator

    Pesmen-Rubin

    At Pesmen-Rubin, Disney created ads for newspapers, magazines, and movie theaters. It was here that he met a cartoonist named Ubbe Iwerks.

    03-11-1920 - Present

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  • Course

    Chicago Academy of Fine Arts

    Chicago, Illinois

    Walter took night courses at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.

    22-06-1917

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  • High School

    McKinley High School

    Chicago, Illinois

    Disney enrolled at McKinley High School and became the cartoonist of the school newspaper, drawing patriotic pictures about World War I

    16-05-1917

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  • Course

    Kansas City Art Institute

    Kansas City, Missouri

    Walter attended Saturday courses at the Kansas City Art Institute and also took a correspondence course in cartooning.

    06-12-1911

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  • School

    Benton Grammar School

    Kansas City, Missouri

    Disney attended the Benton Grammar School, where he met fellow-student Walter Pfeiffer, who came from a family of theatre fans and introduced Disney to the world of vaudeville and motion pictures.

    19-06-1911

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