Walt Disney born in 1901 was an American movie producer and pioneer in animated cartoons. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago and began his career as a cartoonist in 1920. The late British political cartoonist once called Walt Disney "the most significant figure in graphic arts since Leonardo-. Walt Disney was considered a modern legend.
During World War II, Walt Disney's studio produced cartoons for the armed services as training tools and to build their morale.
After the war Walt Disney headed to Hollywood with only $40 in his pocket. He opened a business with his brother making animated films. Soon after Walt Disney began his career as an advertising cartoonist. In 1920, he created and sold his first original animated cartoons, and later perfected a new method for combining live-action and animation.
In 1928 Walt Disney created Mickey Mouse in the silent film Plane Crazy. That same year Mickey Mouse appeared in Steamboat Willy, a short film that initiated the idea of making a separate cartoon for each animated movement. This made Walt Disney instantly famous. That same film was also Walt Disney's first attempt to use sound where he used his own voice for Mickey mouse. He also experimented with the use of music in The Skeleton Dance, the portrayal of speed in Tortoise and the Hare, three-dimensional effects in The Old Mill and the use of color.
Walt Disney had a goal to perfect the art of animation. Technicolor was introduced to animation during the production of his Silly Symphonies Cartoon Features. Walt Disney held the patent for Technicolor for two years, allowing him to make the only color cartoons. In 1932, the production entitled Flowers and Trees won Walt the first of his studio's Academy Awards.
Walt Disney also produced the first feature-length carton Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1938, which took three years to create. Walt Disney is also responsible for Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo and Bambi.