I am writing about Leonard Maltin, a famous film critic and historian, for my writer profile. Maltin has done extensive coverage on many works by Walt Disney and his empire, and considers Disney to be a source of inspiration. I know this is also true for many other writers and people, so I thought I’d share some information about this man who was so inspiring.
According to his biography on IMDB, Walt Disney was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 5, 1901, and spent most of his time in Kansas City. When he was 16, he won a scholarship to the Kansas City Art Insititute, where he met an animator named Ub Iwerks. The two guys set up their own company and created some animated shorts, but it went bankrupt. They went to Hollywood together in 1923 and produced “Alice Comedies” until 1927, which were about a live-action girl that traveled to a world that had animated characters. In 1928, Disney was on a train when he started doodling on some paper, which eventually became Mickey Mouse. This character led him to fame, and is that which he is best known for.
Disney continued to develop new ideas and new characters. In 1929 he created a cartoon series known as “Silly Symphonies,” which introduced more of Disney’s iconic characters–Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, etc.) In 1937, Disney produced the very first feature-length animated film, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” which won him several Oscars. Disney continued to make other popular feature films in the 1940s through the 1960s, with hits such as “Cinderella” (1960), “Sleeping Beauty,” (1959), and “101 Dalmations” (1961).
In 1955, Disneyland was opened in Southern California, and it was hugely successful. He planned to build another theme park and a prototype city in Florida, but died in 1966 at the age of 65. He didn’t get to see his dream lived out, but his brother Roy carried out his plans and opened Walt Disney World in 1971.
Though Disney is no longer alive, his company continues to prosper, and it’s more popular now than ever before. Walt Disney is a source of inspiration for a lot of people, and with his many accomplishments, it’s easy to see why my writer Leonard Maltin would be influenced by him and his great work.