Walt Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was America's iconic cartoon entrepreneur and a pioneer in the film and theme park industries. He was not only himself an artist, but he also hired the best animators and performers of his day. In politics, he was a prominent conservative, even having a bumper sticker supporting Barry Goldwater on his golf cart during the opening of Walt Disney World.
He married an employee Lillian Bounds in 1925, and, unlike many Hollywood marriages, their marriage lasted for over 40 years.
Disney first gained fame with Mickey Mouse in the 1930s.
After his death, his brother Roy Disney ran the business.
Posthumously, Walt Disney had been accused of being a Nazi sympathizer, a fascist, and an anti-Semite by various liberals/left-wingers, including Meryl Streep, as well as being pushed in shows such as Seth MacFarlane's animated show Family Guy and also in Robot Chicken. This is false, as during World War II, he made various propaganda cartoons for America, with some of his cartoons, including Education of Death and Der Fuerher's Face, being explicitly anti-Nazi in nature.
Famous Disney animations include:
- Steamboat Willie (first appearance of Mickey Mouse)
- The Three Little Pigs (1933)
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
- Pinocchio (1940)
- Fantasia (1940)
- Dumbo (1941)
- Bambi (1942)
- The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
- Cinderella (1950)
- Alice in Wonderland (1951)
- Peter Pan (1953)
- Lady and The Tramp (1955)
- Sleeping Beauty (1959)
- 101 Dalmatians (1961)
- The Sword in the Stone (1963)
- The Jungle Book (1967)
- The Aristocats (1970, approved by Walt before his death)
Live action hits include:
- Swiss Family Robinson (1940)
- The Reluctant Dragon (1941)
- Song of the South (1946)
- Treasure Island
- Old Yeller (1957)
- Babes in Toyland (1961)
- Mary Poppins (1964)
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- "Cinema: Father Goose", Time Dec. 27, 1954
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