Walt Disney

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Walt Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was America's iconic cartoon entrepreneur and a pioneer in the film and theme park industries. He was the founder of The Walt Disney Company. Walt Disney was not only an artist, but hired several talented animators and performers of his day. In politics, since around the year 1940, Walt Disney was socially a prominent conservative, and even had a bumper sticker supporting Barry Goldwater on his golf cart during the opening of Walt Disney World.

Late in life he developed Disneyland in Southern California, which the company duplicated in Walt Disney World (Orlando, Florida), as well as Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Paris.

He married an employee Lillian Bounds in 1925, and, unlike many Hollywood marriages, their marriage lasted for over 40 years.[1]

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, as well as being pushed in shows such as Seth MacFarlane's animated show Family Guy and also in 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.[2]

Time Dec. 27, 1954


Famous Disney animations include:

Live action hits include:

See also

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Further reading

  • Schickel, Richard. The Disney Version: The Life, Times, Art, and Commerce of Walt Disney (2nd ed. 1985). excerpt and text search
  • Suddath, Clare. A Brief History of Mickey Mouse," Time Nov. 18, 2008 online
  • Thomas, Bob. Walt Disney: An American Original (1976) excerpt and text search
  • Watts, Steven. "Walt Disney: Art and Politics in the American Century," Journal of American History, Vol. 82, No. 1 (Jun., 1995), pp. 84-110 in JSTOR

Primary sources


  1. See Obit
  2. http://www.disneyhistoryinstitute.com/2014/02/in-defense-of-walt-walt-disney-and-anti.html