Everyone has heard of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Pluto. They are the inventions of Walt Disney, a talented screenwriter, filmmaker, voice actor, animator, and entrepreneur.
Walter Elias Disney was born in Chicago in 1901. During his lifetime, he created some of the most famous characters that have ever appeared on film. He is also the namesake for Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort theme parks in the United States, Japan, France, and China.
Disney began his career in Kansas City making short cartoons, but it wasn't long before his company went
bankrupt. Afterward, he decided to set up a studio in the movie industry’s capital city—Hollywood, California.
Although his first Hollywood movies did not make much money, Disney refused to give up. In 1928, he created Mickey Mouse and a star was born. Mickey's first animated cartoon with sound was Steamboat Willie, and it was very successful. It was so popular that Walt Disney decided to use sound in all of his subsequent cartoons and movies. Disney himself did the voice of Mickey Mouse until 1947.
Walt Disney's animation company went on to make several masterpieces like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Bambi. In 1932, Walt Disney received a special Academy Award for creating Mickey Mouse. During his lifetime he received 59 Academy Award nominations and 26 Oscars. Many doubt that any other moviemaker will ever have as much influence as Walt Disney.
Walt Disney died of lung cancer on December 15, 1966, a few years before the opening of the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
Today, the company he cofounded, the Walt Disney Company, has annual revenues of over US$55 billion. It has become one of the most famous and profitable motion picture companies in the world.
It's hard to find someone who hasn't seen one of Walt Disney's movies or cartoons. His creativity and hard
work have brought joy, fun, and laughter to children and adults everywhere.
雖然迪士尼的第一部電影並沒有大賣，但他不輕言放棄。1928 年，他創造了米老鼠，一個明星從此誕生了。米老鼠的首部有聲電影是《蒸汽船威利》，結果大受歡迎，也因此華特．迪士尼決定在他後續所有的卡通影片及電影中配上聲音。直到1947 年為止，他都親自為米老鼠配音。
在佛羅里達州的迪士尼世界開幕前幾年，華特．迪士尼於1966 年12 月15 日死於肺癌。