The Influence Of Walt Disney On The Entertainment Industry

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Walt Disney is one of the most recognizable names in the world. Walt helped shape the entertainment industry into a lot of what it is today with the help of his brother Roy. The Disney brand now spans from worldwide theme parks, orginal movies, television channels and so much more. Disney Studios is one of the biggest entertainment companies in the world and sometimes it’s easy to forget that the giant corporation all started with a man and a mouse.
Walt was born on December 5th, 1901 in Hermosa Illinois to Elias and Flora Disney. Walt had four siblings: three brothers and one sister. Most of Walt’s childhood was spent in Marceline, Missouri where his interest in art and trains became apparent at a young age. When Walt was around ten, his family moved to Kansas City, where he would eventually attend McKinley High School. At Mckinley, Walt took painting and photography classes which helped him to become a cartoonist for the school’s newspaper. At the age of sixteen, he dropped out of high school to join the Army only to be rejected because he was underage. Since he was too young to join the army at the time, he worked for the Red Cross and was sent to France to drive an ambulance until
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Finally, in mid 1928, sound and music became more popular in film, yeilding the release of Steamboat Willie with non other than the man himself, Walt Disney, voicing Mickey Mouse. As expected, Steamboat Willie was a hit. Thanks to the massive success of Steamboat Willie, Mickey Mouse was finally given some friends in 1929 when Silly Symphonies was released. Disney’s classic characters, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Goofy, and Donald Duck all made their first debut appearance along side Mickey and it was truly one for the books. Over the next few years, the Disney Brothers’ Studio went on to release more instant classics, including Flowers and Trees (which went on to win Walt his first Oscar), The Three Little Pigs, and many

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