Disney And Walt Disney

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Walter Elias Disney was fascinated with the arts and it helped him through his very busy childhood. Disney was kept busy with chores and secretly sketched nature and animals all around him. From an early age Disney drew sketches whenever he could, but when his father fell ill he had to put away the sketchpad and become a man. After Disney’s schooling ended, he enlisted in the “American Ambulance Corps during World War I (Slayman, 2).” The Disney brothers used this fascination with art and turned it into something they could profit from. The pair founded Disney Brother Studios, which would later be known as Walt Disney Studios. Walt Disney was one of the most influential men of the 1900’s, using his animations to bring the American people …show more content…
Tracey Mollet agrees when she writes, “People sought deliverance from their black and white lives, filled with unemployment, hunger, and despair, hoping for escape into a colorful utopia (Mollet, 112).” Mollet’s argument is that movies became an alternate reality for people to live in, and the movie business boomed. Disney’s shorts and Mervyn LeRoy’s Wizard of Oz were just a few of the influential animations developed. Released at the lowest point of the Great Depression, Disney’s The Silly Symphony Three Little Pigs became a rally cry for the American people. The story behind the animated shorts endowed hope that hard working Americans can triumph over the hardships bestowed upon them by the Depression. Mollet states, “... Walt Disney unknowingly helped America redefine its cultural values (Mollet, 113).” The argument Mollet made is very true, because how was Disney supposed to know how much of an impact he was making? Many people who impact America or American culture never know. More importantly, society does not know until long after they are …show more content…
The parks have become a sort of safe zone for all ethnicities. As Wantasen states in her article, “Walt Disney World has become a pilgrimage site partly because of the luminosity of its cross-culture and marketing and partly because its utopian aspects appeal powerfully to real needs in the capitalist society (Wantasen, 7).” In other words, Disney World is an open cultural playground, especially with their EPCOT center. The EPCOT center specifically gives the American people the opportunity to learn about different cultures rather than discriminating against them. Disney began to symbolize the American Dream and many people continued to gain hope from him. He had his own rags to riches tale and this would be a tale that many American people would come to

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