Walt Disney and His Magic Spread Through America

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Walt Disney and His Magic Spread Though America

It’s a fair fact that not one person who hasn’t heard or knows of Walt Disney exists. Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5th, 1901. After dropping out of high school to drive ambulances in World War 1, he returned in 1919 to Kansas City, Kansas, for an apprenticeship as a commercial artist. By 1922, Disney has set up a shop with his brother, Roy Disney, and collaborator, Ub Iwerks; they created the business Laugh-o-Grams, which specialized in short cartoons, and the magic began from there and is forever growing stronger. The article “Walter Elias Disney” states, “His (Disney) insistence on technical perfection and his unsurpassed gifts as story editor quickly pushed his firm ahead. The invention of such cartoon characters as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Minnie, and Goofy combined with the daring and innovative use of music, sound, and folk material (as in The Three Little Pigs) made the Disney shorts of the 1930s a phenomenon of worldwide success.”(“Walter Elias Disney”, 1) Some might say Disney’s work was uneducational, was a waste of space, and just plain silly. Walt Disney made a positive impact on America, because of how his entertaining work made life for other bearable, how he had the ability to cause people to change perspective on anything and everything, and by how he introduced technological innovations and transformed animation.

Walt Disney made a positive impact on America through his work, and how its entertainment made life for viewers more bearable. Disney’s work provided happiness from its viewers during one of the most memorable and worst periods of America’s time- The Great Depression. Author J.B. Kaufman claims, “Mickey, with his humble barnyard origins, made an ideal mascot for an America faced with hard times; his unflagging good cheer and resourcefulness seemed to symbolize the indomitable spirit of the country.”(Kaufman, 1) Along with Mickey Mouse were other cartoons created by...
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