Walt Disney (1901-1966) was America's iconic cartoon entrepreneur and a pioneer in the film and theme park industries. He was not himself an artist, but hired the best animators. In politics, he was a prominent conservative.
He married an employee Lillian Bounds in 1925, and, unlike many Hollywood marriages, their marriage lasted for over 40 years.
Disney first gained fame with Mickey Mouse in the 1930s.
After his death, his brother Roy Disney ran the business.
Posthumously, Walt Disney had been accused of being a Nazi sympathizer, a fascist, and an anti-Semite by various liberals/left-wingers, including Meryl Streep and Seth MacFarlane, as well as being pushed in shows such as Family Guy and Robot Chicken. This is false, as during World War II, he made various propaganda cartoons for America, with some of his cartoons, including Education of Death and Der Fuerher's Face, being explicitly anti-Nazi in nature.
Famous Disney animations include:
- Steamboat Willie (first appearance of Mickey Mouse)
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
- Pinocchio (1940)
- Fantasia (1940)
- Dumbo (1941)
- Bambi (1942)
- Cinderella (1950)
- Alice in Wonderland (1951)
- Peter Pan (1953)
- Sleeping Beauty (1959)
- The Aristocats (1970)
- Robin Hood (1973)
- The Fox and the Hound (1981)
- The Little Mermaid (1989)
- Beauty and the Beast (1991)
- Aladdin (1992)
- The Lion King (1994)
- Pocahontas (1995)
- Toy Story (1995)
- Lilo & Stitch (2002)
- Finding Nemo (2003)
- Cars (2006)
Live action hits include:
- List of Conservative or pro-Conservative Hollywood stars
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- Suddath, Clare. A Brief History of Mickey Mouse," Time Nov. 18, 2008 online
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- Walt Disney: Conversations ed. by Kathy Merlock Jackson. (2006), interviews with Disney; magazine articles about him.
- "Cinema: Father Goose", Time Dec. 27, 1954
- "Cinema: Mouse & Man," Time Dec. 27, 1937, online