Walt disney – A SUCCESS STORY
“If you can dream it, you can do it.”_walt disney
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”_walt disney
The Walt Disney Company is one of the largest media cooperations in the world in terms of revenue. The Company consists of various television networks, cable channels, associated production and distribution companies and television stations. Some of these include the ABC Television Network, Disney Channel, ESPN Inc. and CTV Specialty Television. Its films and cartoons are known and loved worldwide, generating theme park rides, games, toys, clothing, CDs and other merchandise, as well as spin–off series.
While before Disney there was Hans Christian Anderson and Brothers Grimm, most fairytales are now known and recognised by their Disney counterpart. So what is it that made Mr Disney and his company so famous? Who exactly is the man behind what is one of the most successful businesses in the world?
Walt Disney was among the most creative man ever lived on this planet whose huge dreams actually came true. He along with his brother Roy O. Disney co-founded ‘The Walter Disney Company’ commonly known as ‘Disney’ on October 16, 1923. It is currently the second largest cable and broadcasting company in terms of revenue. He is regarded as cultural icon and well known for his great contribution to cartoon animation industry. He was a cartoonist, voice actor, animator and film producer, and he really inspired everyone with his dedicated nature towards his work.
Walter Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, to Elias Charles Disney and Flora Call Disney. His childhood days were interrupted because his family moved from Chicago to Missouri and once again to Kansas City. He also worked as a newspaper boy to support his family and didn’t have much time for schools. Although he started the Park School of Marceline in fall, 1909 together with his younger sister Ruth.
In his free time, he went to the theatre where he studied vaudeville. He was a big fan of Charlie Chaplin and loved drawing cartoons for school paper.
When America entered the Great War, he showed his patriotism for his country and applied to join army. Although he was rejected because he was 16. But he finally supported his country during the war by joining Red Cross unit where he worked as an ambulance driver.
Walt Disney always desired to become an actor but later decided to draw political caricatures or comic strips for a newspaper. His brother Roy got him a job at the Presmen Rubun Art Studio where he created advertisements for newspaper, magazines and movie theatres. At this studio he met cartoonist ‘Ubbe Iwerks’ and they formed a company ‘Iwerks-Disney Commercial Artists’ which was short lived.
Walt Disney was filled with wonder and delight for this business and while working for the company he created his own cartoon ‘Laugh-O-Grams’ for which he actually borrowed camera from the company. This was a success and Disney’s cartoon really got appreciation from Kansas City and after this he was in a position to acquire a studio and recruit his own animators. But he was not successful in paying high salaries of his employees.
So he decided to move to Hollywood for which he sold his camera in July 1923. He went to many studios but nothing worked out and he finally asked his brother Roy and his friend cartoonist Iwerks to join him and they together began the Disney Brother’s Studio.
He was looking for an idea for character of his cartoon. He came up with the idea of a mouse which he called Mortimer, the name eventually changed to ‘Mickey Mouse’.
It was introduction of sound which made Mickey Mouse, among the most popular animated character in the industry. By that time, every child loved Mickey Mouse. Then animations turned into reality with the release of Disney toys, caps and dresses which became popular and revolutionize the cartoon industry.
He later on worked on creating his cartoon world into reality for people.He came up with the idea of Disneyland also called Disney Parks which is really a success for his company.He is known for his experimenting style of working which made him incredibly successful.
Walt Disney died of cancer on 15 December 1966 , 10 days after his 65th birthday. We all are aware with the success of ‘The Walter Disney Company’ .This was the result of innovative and passionate man Walt Disney. He was a true hero of animation and cartoon industry for which he would always be loved and remembered.