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*Includes Disney's quotes about his life and work.
*Includes a bibliography for further reading.
*Includes a table of contents.
"Over at our place, we're sure of just one thing: everybody in the world was once a child. So in planning a new picture, we don't think of grown-ups, and we don't think of children, but just of that fine, clean, unspoiled spot down deep in every one of us that maybe the world has made us forget and that maybe our pictures can help recall.” – Walt Disney
A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors’ American Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America’s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.
When it comes to the entertainment world and movie business, few names are as recognizable as Walt Disney, a versatile writer, producer, director, artist and voice actor who literally turned his name into a billion dollar business. Whether it was through the creation of iconic cartoons like Mickey Mouse or America’s favorite theme parks, Disney and his assorted businesses have entertained countless numbers of people across the globe, particularly young kids.
At a time when cinema was still a new and growing business, Disney staked out unique turf by bringing comics to life on screen, with his first big hit being Mickey Mouse. Of course, the popularity of Mickey Mouse helped spawn future creations like Donald Duck and Pluto, all household names that have long since become part of Americana and the English lexicon. Disney had already earned an Academy Award by 1932, but he was far from done, introducing viewers to new characters like Snow White and continuing to make popular cartoon series that played well on the big screen.
By the late 1940s, Disney was turning his attention to a new form of entertainment: amusement parks. While other children’s theme parks existed, none would rival the creation of Disneyland in the 1950s, part of Disney’s grand vision: “I just want it to look like nothing else in the world. And it should be surrounded by a train." Disney also branched out into other businesses, ensuring that by the 1960s, his name was on one of the biggest production companies in the world.
Walt Disney died in 1966, but his name and work have only become more popular over time, and today The Walt Disney Company is one of the biggest media empires in the world. While the company is now capable of things that Disney himself may have never thought possible, they have stayed true to his concept of providing family entertainment everyone can enjoy. American Legends: The Life of Walt Disney examines the life and work of one of America’s most important entertainment icons. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Disney like never before, in no time at all.