His family made the move to Marceline when Walt was quite young, and the boy got acquainted with the animals on the farm and took to drawing them along the margins of his schoolbooks, flipping the pages so rapidly the figures seemed to move. ("Disney," Current: 1940 246)
Life on the farm began to influence Disney's life greatly. "As Walt grew up, he remembered his youthful days spent observing, working with, and playing with barnyard animals" (Nardo 13). The animals Disney encountered were soon drawn into his art works where they were later drawn into his cartoons through memories with different personalities. Continuing his passions, "he became more serious about drawing, and he enrolled in a class at the Kansas City Art Institute when he was fourteen" (Maltin 1).