Walt Disney was born in
Chicago, USA, 5th December 1901. He grew up in Illinois and he was the
first person to bring something new to the cinema industry.
He started working in
advertising but he wasn't very successful. Walt then decided to go to
Hollywood. He produced two silent cartoon films where he introduced a
new character, Mickey Mouse, it was very successful. At the start he
was called Mortimer, and it was his wife Lilian who named him Mickey.
In 1928 Walt produced a
new film where Mickey spoke. The film was called "Steamboat Willie"
(the voice in English was Walt's voice). Mickey was quickly surrounded
by friends like Miniie Mouse and Donald Duck. His films were very
successsful and they made Walt Disney millions.
Later he produced longer
animated films. The first was "Snow white and the 7 dwarfs" (1937)
Pinochio and Fantasia came after Snow White but Europe was suffering a
war and they weren't interested in the films. In 1941, Dumbo was
released, but the USA had just entered the war. In 1942 Bambi didn't
work either. But at the beginning of the 60's the Disney imperia was a
Walt Disney was the
creater of "Theme Parks" with the famous Disneyland in California. Walt
Disney died of lung cancer 15th December 1966. He had just celebrated
his 65th birthday.