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walt disney biography

walt disney

BIOGRAPHY

 It would be appropriate to say that the creator of the fantastic Disneyland was one of the dreamiest characters that history has ever recorded. Owing to the fertile imagination that so gripped this gangly man with this country boy figure lost in deep 

walt DISNEYthought, we would today perhaps still be foreigners to this concept of a sprawling amusement park that attracts millions of tourists from all over the world. The Disneyland at Orlando in the United States is the fruit of this creative genius's persistent effort to realize an idea once it gripped his imagination. The very concept of an amusement park was thought of as preposterous and a definite failure by all those who heard about it. But, it was solely on conviction and hard work that Walt Disney has earned a place in the hearts of people across the globe.
One of the earliest recollections that Wait's brother Roy has of Walt is his fascination for animals and his love for drawing. Walt grew up in the mid western pararie farm in a small town of Marceline. Amongst the romantic setting of the apple orchards and the weeping willows, Wait sketched his first impressions. The first nickel that Walt ever earned was for a sketch he had made of a neighbor’s horse. His fascination for animals never ebbed and with an extra of his imagination he immortalized them into characters we come across everyday be it on TV or comic strips or a full length cartoon movie. Wall's Mickey Mouse is now a household name that children of all races and nationalities enduringly associate with.
Walt began his career by launching a cartoon series called Alice in Cartoonland. He was 21 and the project was financed on a loan of 500$ that he borrowed from his uncle. Both Walt and his brother were in this together. Roy at the camera and Walt doing the animators. They worked hard. The series flopped. But undeterred, Walt started a new series called Oswald The Rabbit. Oswald did better but Walt was once again duped by the distributor, who, having bought the copyrights took charge of the series himself. Not disheartened at all, Walt made a significant decision that was to affect the future coarse of things. He decided to go into business on his own. With characteristic enthusiasm he said to Roy, "We are going to start a new series. it's about a mouse and we’ll own the mouse. Mickey Mouse was born that year and he celebrates his 70th birthday this year. Mickey was Walt's first success. His matchless imagination and his uncanny ability to turn the ordinary into something wonderful was applauded by the audience. But it was only with Snow White that there was a definite windfall for Walt. Walt made several million dollars on this one.
One would expect that the money rolled in after this stupendous hit. But this was far from truth. Walt invested nearly all that he earned into building a studio and doing more cartoon features. Walt never spared any expense on improving his pictures. His bankers, bookeepers and lawyers often tried to put brakes on his unbridled imagination. Once an idea possessed him he went headlong into realizing it no matter what the cost. His brother on seeing him triggered with that special nerve would often say, "When I see you happy, that's when I get nervous. "But it was this desire to see perfection in everything that makes Watt Disney the unmatched creative genius of our times.
All through the Word War II and the Depression of the thirties it was the extraordinary partnership of hardwork and invincible faith that kept Walt afloat. During the Depression when the studio was on the verge on closing down Wait gave his staff a raise! It was thought to be a crazy idea. But, it gave a big moral boost to all. Walt involved himself in everything. He had an exacting eye for details. Rarely anything escaped him. During one story conference on the Mickey Mouse Club TV Show the story man pointer in hand was outlining a sequence called how to ride a bicycle. "Now when you get your bicycle. . . . . . . . he began. Walt at once said, "Change your bicycle to a bicycle. Remember every kid is not fortunate enough to have a bike of his own. " He was a perfectionist. Though he demanded perfection from his crew, he never could fire anyone. If someone did not suit a job he almost always tried to find another job for him in his own concern. WED(for Walt Disney) Enterprises at Glendale was his favourite place to absorb people who could not fit into other departments. This place eventually was to become the illustrious Disneyland that the world throngs to see today.
Walt Disney's success can be credited to four things. Hardwork, a panache for details, extaordinary imagination and some luck. At the studio he worked the hardest. Nothing ever escaped his perceptive eye. Very often on retrieving some discarded work of an animator from the waste paper basket,
Walt would invariably write a note for the animators saying "Let‘s not throw away the good stuff. "In the jugglery of creative work Walt Disney knew what “good stuff" meant. With an extra gag or a new angle the whole thing would suddenly come alive. His ability to give a graphic description of a story was so "overwhelming that his nephew preferred a story telling session with Walt, rather than see the actual picture. On seeing Pinocchio, the new animated Walt Disney production that won acclaims all over, was infact a disappointment for his nephew. He is known to have said. "It didn't seem as exciting as when Uncle Walt told it. "So, it can be safely said that the only n'vai his productions ever faced was Walt Disney himself.
The amazing success of Disneyland did not in the least change this man’s simple way of life. He hated parties and his idea of good evening was a hamburger and chili at a little restaraunt. The only extravagance was a little miniature railroad that ran on the grounds of his house. His passion for railroads can be traced back to his boyhood days at Marceline when, his Uncle Mike an engineer would sound two long and one short whistle to wake up these boys so that they could take a closer look at the locomotives. Walt never lost his love of trains. Years later one of the first attractions at Disneyland was an old-fashioned train.
Work was his passion and he perused it faithfully. The money earned was ploughed right back from where it came. A friend once asked, "What do you do with all your money?". “i fertilize the field with it”, was Walt's reply. This financial stability gave him an opportunity to develop other fantastic ideas. Millions of dollars was poured into making an alpine like valley high in the Sierra Mountains, called Mineral King. He donated land and money to the California Institute of Art which was worth millions and he started the Disney World and the City of Tomorrow in Florida.

Walt Disney’s enthusiasm would have gone on endlessly had it not been for the fatal illness that suddenly seized him in the midst of this hectic activity. But his enthusiasm did not leave him even in his last hours. His brother Roy records that the night before he died; Walt was full of plans for the future. This infectious celebration of life, which was so characteristic of Walt Disney, is what Disneyland is all about. Through his creations the future generations will continue to celebrate what he once described as "that precious, ageless something in every human being which makes us play with children's toys and laugh at silly things and sing in the bathtub and dream." And to children all over the world he will always be the one that actually brought fairyland into their lives!

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