Sunday, August 9, 2009

The story of Walt Disney

The Mighty Mouse

To many people, Walt Disney is a 20th century icon of success. Like many mythic American figures, he had an ambitious entrepreneurial spirit, a passion for technology and a humble beginning. ‘ There’s a child in all of us,’ Walt believed, and he used that creed to work his way to the top.

Growing up in a farm in Kansas, young Walt worked for a commercial art studio in Kansas City making animated commercials while selling cartoons to a local theater. Walt was inspired to create his own animation studio, but it failed. Undaunted (and with only 40 dollars in his pocket), Walt, his brother Roy and a friend went to Hollywood. They created the character Oswald Rabbit, but they lost the rights to the character in a dispute with their distributor (who then blatantly hired most of their staff).

In 1928 and still stubbornly persistent, Walt created a character named Mickey Mouse – which became an instant favorite. Mickey was soon joined by other characters such as Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Goofy, and Donald Duck. They created the Three Little Pigs with its hit song “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf”. In 1937 Walt released his first feature – length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which grossed millions of dollars in sales. Audiences loved his films because of its spectacular animation, hummable tunes, and upbeat stories.

In 1955 Walt opened Disneyland, his 160 acre fantasy – theme park in California, which eventually spawned the Walt Disney World in Florida, Tokyo Disneyland in Japan, and Euro Disney in France. Walt also won 29 Oscars for his films, and was regarded as the king of American entertainment. After his death in 1966, Walt’s legacy lived on in a whole new generation of animated features, such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King.

Because of Walt Disney, millions of kids have found happiness and fun while watching Mickey and his friends at home. Also, millions of families enjoy their summers or family vacations with Walt’s giant theme parks and his unforgettable movies. Walt Disney was truly a successful person.

Now, here’s the good news: YOU TOO CAN BE SUCCESSFUL!!!

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