Walt Disney is a unique American animator, director, actor, screenwriter and producer, creator of a series of full-length cartoons that brought him worldwide fame. The father of Mickey Mouse, the rabbit Oswald, Donald Duck and more than 200 characters that children around the world love.
Since childhood, Walt was fond of drawing comics, cartoons and various funny stories. And therefore it is not surprising that when he entered the Chicago Institute of the Arts to study as an actor, he suddenly became interested in animation. Having organized the animated studio Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio with his brother Roy, he began a period of hard work, constant financial difficulties and a constant struggle to uphold copyright. Continue reading
Walt Disney joked that he prefers Mickey Mouse to all women in the world. Animator Ward Kimball, who invented the cricket Jimini from Pinocchio and the cat Lucifer from Cinderella, jokingly declared: “Disney did not believe women and cats.” After several losses at the Oscars, Disney stopped taking his wife Lilian to the ceremony because he was sure that she, like any woman, could jinx him. He forbade his daughters to watch their cartoons, fearing that they would not laugh out loud enough.
Walt Disney with his wife at the Oscars,
The specific attitude towards women was manifested not only at home, but also at the studio: Disney officially forbade the employment of female animators, because he was afraid that at the crucial moment they might become pregnant and quit, putting the entire project at risk. In addition, according to Disney, this specialty required a sense of humor and the ability to draw, and neither the first nor the second is characteristic of women. Before the war, the only place in the studio where women were received was the technical department, whose employees transferred the drawings to film. But with the entry of the United States into World War II and the beginning of mobilization, the number of employees fell sharply, and Disney had to hire Continue reading
Walt Disney was obsessed with death. So, at least, his biographers often say, linking the numerous – and tragic – deaths of animals in Disney films to a traumatic episode from the childhood of Disney himself. In the late 1900s, when Walt was either seven or eight years old, he killed an owl. Suffering in the wilderness of Missouri from the loneliness and beatings of his father, Walt dreamed of a pet, and the dream almost came true when one day in the dark thickets of the garden he discovered a half-sleeping owl and dragged her home. Crazy from daylight, the bird suddenly attacked Walt, and he, either frightened or angry, trampled the owl to death. The event was a turning point in Walt’s life: “It seems that after that owl, tenderness for animals arose in me.” Tenderness, which was subsequently monetized. Continue reading