Walt Disney (The Man who brought us Mickey Mouse )
When you’re curious, you find
Lots of interesting things to do .
And one thing it takes to
Accomplish something is courage.
Walt loved to draw and paint, Even as a child. By the time he was seven he was already selling his pictures. But when he was being naughty, He did a different kind of painting that got him into real trouble. One day, He picked up a brush and painted the side of the house with gooey, Black tar!
When world War I broke out in 1914, Walt wanted to fight for his country But he couldn’t join the army because he was only sixteen. Instead, he went to France as an ambulance driver with the Red Cross, which rescued and took care of wounded soldiers. And no, he didn’t stop drawing. He covered his ambulance with cartoons!
When Walt returned to the USA after the war, He started making short animated cartoon films. But they brought in very little money. So he packed his suitcase and set off for Hollywood, Where films were being made. Walt had just a few dollars in his pocket. And he was only twenty- two years old.
To start with, everything went wrong for Walt. Then, He got married, And one day, When he and his wife were on a train, something wonderful happened. The idea of a cute little mouse in red velvet pants popped into his head. Walt planned to call him Mortimer, but his wife said, “ Oh no, call him Mickey Mouse!” So Mickey it was, and Walt Disney’s most famous start was born!
In 1928, Mickey appeared in Steamboat Willie, the world’s first proper “ sound cartoon”. What a Day! From the very beginning, everyone loved Mickey as much as we do. Soon, Walt used all the money he had to make the first full length animated film ever, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Then, Came eighty- one marvellous such as Pinocchio, Dumbo and Bambi, Before his death in 1966.
Once, Walt had taken his little daughters to a nearly park. While they were playing, he looked around and thought, “ Goodness, this place is so dirty!’ Soon, his head was buzzing with ideas. He would build an amusement park that was made clean... a place where families could have fun together.
He needed money for that – lots and lots of money. But how was he to get someone to lend it to him?” Oooo! Are you crazy? Who’ll spend money to go to a park you’ll lose every dollars you put in !” most people told him. Walt did not give up. He put in everything he had and whatever he could borrow, and built Disneyland in Anaheim, California. And guess what ...millions of people from every part of the world have been visiting it.
It is truly magical place packed with wonders. And you can do almost anything you dream of – Set off on a jungle adventures, Fly away with peter Pan, Tumble into Alice’s Wonderland, explore Sleeping Beauty’s castle, or step into the future and enjoy the marvels of the space age. Or go way back in time, If you like.
Walt spent years deciding what to put in there.... thinking, Planning, Making sure everything was just right. How do you make wild animals that look real? And what about magic castles...Boats...Rivers...? it wasn’t easy! But Walt believed in one thing: Try, Try, Try again, until you find a way to do get the job done.
Everyone worked hard, and Disneyland was built , Bit by bit. Huge crowds turned up on Opening Day,17 July 1955. Walt Disney stood looking at them “with his hands behind his back, a grin from ear to ear”. His dream had come true!And he went on to built more play parks, such as Walt Disney World in Florida.
Walt Disney had an amazing imagination, which made his work exciting and fun
The Lion King,101 Dalmatian's, The Jungle Book, Bambi and many more big favourites – were made at the film studio started by a very special person .His name was Walt Disney.