Disney's Animated Classics


Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901. By the age of 7, he had made his first artistic sale a drawing of a neighbor's horse. In 1915 he enrolled in the Kansas City Art Institute and in 1918 was the cartoonist of the McKinley High School newspaper. That same year, Walt bought his first movie camera and began experimenting with this new medium. In 1919, he teamed with friend Ub Iwerks to form a company called Iwerks-Disney Commercial Artists, and the following year he joined the Kansas City Ad Company. All the while, Walt was learning the arts of animation and movie making. In 1923, he moved to California where, with his brother Roy, he established the Disney Brothers Studio, which developed, by 1926, into the Walt Disney Studios.

[All photos copyrighted by the Walt Disney Company]

Movie Clip
1918: Cartoon from high school newspaper

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For More Information

The books listed below are important parts of my collection, and present a wealth of information on the history of Disney animation. Hopefully, updated versions of the first two will be issued soon.

Disney's Art of Animation
by Bob Thomas
Hyperion Books: New York, 1991.

Encyclopedia of Walt Disney Animated Characters
by John Grant
Hyperion Books: New York, 1993.

Disney: The First 100 Years
by Dave Smith & Steven Clark
Hyperion Books: New York, 1999.

Disney: The Ultimate Visual Guide
Edited by Rebecca Knowles
Dorling Kindersley Books: New York, 2002

For an excellent video documentary about Walt Disney's life and times that includes a 2-hour feature plus many personal interviews with people who knew him, look for the DVD:

Walt: The Man Behind the Myth
Disney DVD: 2002

By the way, my favorite Disney character is Tigger.

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