Walter the 1920s and 1930s by introducing a new

Walter Elias Disney, is one of the most well-known American animators, voice actors, and entrepreneurs in the 1920s and 1930s and still is today. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 5th, 1901. Disney took drawing and photography classes when attending at McKinley High School and The Chicago Art Institute. He also contributed as a cartoonist for the school paper. In 1919, Disney moved to Kansas City and later worked as a cartoonist for the Kansas City Film Ad Company. Around this time,  Disney began getting interested with photograph and, doing hand-drawn animation, he then decided to open his own studio called Laugh-O-Grams. He did a series of animated cartoon sketches called Laugh-O-Grams that included Alice in Cartoonland (1923) but the studio went bankrupt. Disney, his brother Roy, and Ub Iwerks (his collaborator in animation) soon moved to Hollywood, where the three began the Disney Brothers Studio, later incorporated into Walt Disney Productions. They produced three cartoons featuring a new character developed by Walt called Mickey Mouse. He recognized the potential of sound in animated cartoon films and introduced a mouse full of joy and happiness. In the world’s first sound cartoon, Mickey debuted in Steamboat Willie, a short film, fully equipped with music and voices in 1928. In 1929 he created the Silly Symphonies which included Mickey’s friends, Donald Duck, Minnie, Goofy and Pluto. He continued to create worldwide successful full length films including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Pinocchio (1940), Dumbo (1941), and Bambi (1942). He later moved to more successful projects such as television shows, and opened theme parks in the 1950s and 1960s called DisneyLand and Disney World.  Unfortunately, Walt Disney was diagnosed with lung cancer and died in December 15, 1966 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 65.  Walt Disney created a world that brought people a new joy during rough times in the 1920s and 1930s by introducing a new way of entertainment during the Great Depression. This new change in American society featured animation that combined live action with sound, music and eventually color. Disney understood the unhappiness that people were going through and because of that, he illustrated the conflict of the 1930s by creating animal characters that depicted human speech, looks and characteristics to make the cartoons more relatable to the real world.  For example as part of “his cartoon series called Silly Symphonies, he created a short film The Three Little Pigs, whose happy song Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? became a symbol to audiences all over world, mocking the face of the Great Depression.” (“Biography”) “His innovations continued as he brought to life dramatic storytelling in his first feature-length cartoon, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which despite the Great Depression earned $8 million.” (“History”) His constant positive message of dreaming big and wishing upon a star to make dreams come true helped give hope to many during the harsh realities of the Great Depression.  He created a visual dream for children of all ages and opportunities for them to believe and find laughter and comfort during war and economic disaster.  Through Disney’sinnovations and creations he changed the world for millions of lives during the 1920s, 1930s by bringing hope during a very dark time in history, an idea that still brings hope to many today.