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 not himself an artist, but hired the best animators. In politics, he was a prominent conservative.

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 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.[2]

Time Dec. 27, 1954


Famous Disney animations include:

Live action hits include:

See also

External links


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