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Walt  Disney
[1901-1966]


Walt Disney color portrait          short profile

early works of Walt Disney

selected Walt Disney characters

selected movies by Walt Disney

works about Walt Disney

family & friends

links


"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."

"Laughter is America's most important export."

"We are not trying to entertain the critics. I'll take my chances with the public."

—  Walt Disney

"Disney has the best casting. If he doesn’t like an actor he just tears him up."
—  Alfred Hitchcock [1899-1980]


     B I O
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Walt Disney entry at Wikipedia
Walt Disney credits at Internet Movie Database
Walt Disney Pictures Section on Magic Lantern's Movie Studios Page
Walt Disney & The Nine Old Men Section
at Magic Lantern's Animation Page

Walt Disney Family Museum [est. 2009] at The Presidio in San Francisco, CA


Oscar statuette is a trademark of A.M.P.A.S.

star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame  star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

won Emmy as producer for "Disneyland" in 1956  

Walt Disney received a record 64 Oscar® nominations [1932-1969],
and won 22 Academy Awards and 4 Honorary Oscars®

He also received
6 awards at the Venice Film Festival (1934-50)
France's Légion d'Honneur (1935)
the Academy's Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award (1942)
D.G.A. Honorary Life Member Award (1955)
an Emmy as producer of the "Disneyland" TV program (1956)
7 Golden Laurel Awards (1961-67)
the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1964)
a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal (1968)
a posthumous Winsor McCay Award (1975)
and has two Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame


Early  Disney  Works
Walt Disney was working at an ad agency in Kansas City, Missouri and making ads for movie theaters from paper cutouts when he read a book on animation and decided to switch to ink-on-cel-based cartoons. He borrowed a camera from his employer to experiment with at home, and then went into business with fellow employee Ub Iwerks.

Animated Cartoons book from 1920 by E.G. Lutz  
"Animated Cartoons: How They Are Made, Their Origin & Development"
[1920] by E.G. Lutz

Applewood Books 8¼x5¼ pb [4/98] for $10.17
Silent Films of Walt Disney book by Russell Merritt & J.B. Kaufman   "Walt In Wonderland: The Silent Films of Walt Disney" [1994]
by Russell Merritt & J.B. Kaufman

Johns Hopkins Univ Press 10½x9 pb [3/2000] out of print/used
Johns Hopkins Univ Press 11¼x9¾ hardcover [3/94] out of print/used

Nelson's "Laugh-O-Grams"
Laugh-O-Gram Films, a partnership of Walt and brothers Fred Harman & Hugh Harman,
made a deal with Kansas City movie exhibitor Frank L. Nelson for a series of cel-animation
comedy shorts that were produced in 1922.

Legendary Laugh-O-Grams Fairy Tales by Walt Disney on DVD  "The Legendary Laugh-O-Grams Fairy Tales by Walt Disney" [2006]
contains exceptional copies of four 1922 Laugh-O-Grams cartoon shorts, the educational film "Tommy Tucker's Tooth" [also 1922] – transfered & compiled by Ray Pointer – and an excerpt from a rare audio interview with Rudolph Ising
Inkwell Images b&w 60-minute DVD [10/2006] out of prodn/scarce
DVD available at producer's website

"Alice In Cartoonland"
Walt and his employees began the Alice Comedies in Kansas City in 1923; the studio went bankrupt and they
all moved to Hollywood, continuing the series. The live-action girl was portrayed by Virginia Davis, Dawn O'Day,
Margie Gay & Lois Hardwick and the stories involved her interactions with cartoon characters, including
Julius the Cat. In all, Walt and company produced 57 'Alice' cartoons from 1923 to 1927.

Alice In Cartoonland by Walt Disney 35mm Collector's DVD set  "Alice In Cartoonland by Walt Disney: 35mm Collector's Set" [2007]
includes fresh 35mm nitrate film transfers of 10 'Alice' shorts from 1925-27 and three Krazy Kids Cartoons (1930-31 sound re-issues of the rare "Life Cartoon Comedies" series); plus "Alice In Hollywood" featurette by J.B. Kaufman & Russell Merrit
V.C.I. Ent. b&w DVD [2/2007] for $17.99
video compilation credits at IMDb
"Alice In Cartoonland: The Original Alice Comedies by Walt Disney" [2000]
ten shorts 1924-27, transfered & compiled by Ray Pointer
Inkwell Images b&w DVD [11/2003] out of prodn/scarce
DVD available at producer's website

"Oswald The Lucky Rabbit"
Oswald was the character that Walt Disney & Ub Iwerks drew for Universal from 1927-28;
when Universal gave the job to Walter Lantz, Walt started his own company.

Adventures of Oswald The Lucky Rabbit DVD box set   Walt Disney Treasures: "The Adventures of Oswald The Lucky Rabbit"
Hosted by Leonard Maltin; Disk 1 contains the 13 existing (of 26) Oswald b&w silent cartoons, plus a documentary short "Oswald Returns!"; Disk 2 contains 3 of the earlier "Alice" comedies; 3 sound cartoons: "Plane Crazy", "Steamboat Willie" & "The Skeleton Dance"; and the Ub Iwerks documentary "The Hand Behind The Mouse" [1999]
Walt Disney Video color/b&w DVD set [12/2007] 2 disks for $24.99
Oswald The Rabbit entry at Wikipedia

And then Walt got this idea for a mouse character named Mortimer ...

Selected  Disney  Characters

Mickey Mouse debuted in "Plane Crazy" 15 May 1928         Goofy debuted in "Mickey's Revue" on 25 May 1932         Donald Fauntleroy Duck debuted in "The Wise Little Hen" 9 June 1934         Snow White, from "Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs" [1937]         Miss Daisy Duck debuted in "Mr. Duck Steps Out" 7 June 1940         Jiminy Cricket, from "Pinocchio" [1940]

Bambi & Thumper the Rabbit & Flower the Skunk & Bambi, from "Bambi" [1942]         Peter Pan in flight, from "Peter Pan" [1953]         Papa and puppies, from "101 Dalmatians" [1961]         Winnie the Pooh and friends debuted in "Winnie The Pooh and The Honey Tree" 4 Februrary 1966         Belle and the beastly Prince, from "Beauty and The Beast" [1991]

"Mickey: Reelin' Through The Years" TV special [Wrightwood/Disney Channel 1995]
Co-produced & directed by Dan Boothe; not available on DVD; full credits at IMDb

Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters book by John Grant   "Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters: From Mickey Mouse To Hercules" [orig 1987, rev 1998]
by John Grant

Disney Editions 12¾x9½ 3rd edition hardcover [12/98] out of print/used
Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse In Black & White DVD sets  "Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse In Black and White" [2002 & 2004]
Volume 1: Walt Disney Video b&w/color DVD [12/2002] 2 disks - out of prodn/many used
Hosted & compiled by Leonard Maltin; 34 b&w cartoons, from 1928 to 1935, including "Steamboat Willie" debut; extras include rare pencil test, commentary, new interviews & hidden bonus
Volume 2: Walt Disney Video b&w/color DVD [12/2004] 2 disks for $25.49
Hosted & compiled by Leonard Maltin; 40 b&w cartoons, from 1928 to 1935; extras include commentary, photo gallery, and "Mickey's Sunday Funnies" virtual comic strip
vintage Mickey Mouse cartoons on DVD   "Vintage Mickey, 1928-1934" [2005]
Buena Vista Home Ent. DVD [7/2005] for $17.99
nine early Mickey & Minnie cartoons: "Steamboat Willie" [1928], "Plane Crazy" [1928], "The Karnival Kid" [1929], "The Birthday Party" [1931], "The Castaway" [1931], "Mickey's Orphans" [1931], "Mickey's Revue" [1932], "Building A Building" [1933], and "Mickey's Steam Roller" [1934]



Selected  Disney  Movies

Walt Disney credits at Internet Movie Database

browse "Walt Disney Treasures Series" DVD sets at Amazon

Magic Lantern's Disney Films Page
booksThe Walt Disney EraThe Post-Walt EraMovies Since 2000Disney Art

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Honorary Oscar to Walt Disney in 1939    "Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs" animated feature
[Disney/R.K.O. Dec 1937]

Supervising director David Hand; Honorary Oscar to Walt Disney for 'significant screen innovation' (1939) in the form of one statuette and seven miniatures; listed on National Film Registry (1989); 'Snow White' has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; full credits from IMDb

"Pinocchio" animated feature
[Disney/R.K.O. Feb 1940; restored 1992]
Supervising directors Hamilton Luske & Ben Sharpsteen; won Oscars for Best Original Song & Best
Music Score; listed on National Film Registry (1994); full credits from IMDb

"Dumbo"  [Disney Oct 1941]
Dumbo   The stork delivers a baby elephant to Mrs. Jumbo at the circus, but the newborn's enormous ears lead to ridicule and the nickmname 'Dumbo'; he performs as part of the clown acts until his only friend, a mouse, helps him achieve his full potential. Supervising director Ben Sharpsteen; adapted from a book by Helen Aberson & Harold Perl; voices of Sterling Holloway, Edward Brophy & Verna Felton
Disney 60th Anniv. color VHS [10/2001] for $20.99
Disney 60th Anniv. (Spanish) color VHS [10/2001] for $22.99
Disney 60th Anniv. color DVD [10/2001] for $23.99
Disney Records audio CD [3/2001] for $11.98
full credits from IMDb | play theme music "Dumbo March" [2min:16sec midi file]

The 'magic' black feather that Timothy Q. Mouse and the crows give to the mute, floppy-eared Dumbo
stands for every religion, belief system, and dogma of Mankind. When Dumbo loses the magic feather atop
the diving tower, he must take action in the face of his fears on his own, just like humans must do each moment.

see "The Tao of Dumbo" essay at Working Minds Philosophy website

"Bambi" [1942] /tt0034492/

"Cinderella" [1950] /tt0042332/

"Treasure  Island"  [Disney July 1950]
Treasure Island 50   Directed by Byron Haskin; based on the 1893 novel by Robert Louis Stevenson; starring Bobby Driscoll, Robert Newton, Basil Sydney, Walter Fitzgerald, Denis O'Dea. Finlay Currie, Geoffrey Keen & Geoffrey Wilkinson
Disney color VHS [3/97] for $19.99
Disney color DVD [3/97] for $19.99
full credits from IMDb

Long John Silver   "Long John Silver: Return To Treasure Island" [TI/DCA Dec 1954 sequel]
Directed by Byron Haskin; starring Robert Newton, Kit Taylor, Lloyd Berrell & Rod Taylor
VCI color CinemaScope DVD [6/2006] for $9.99
Direct Source color VHS [6/99] for $3.99
Celebrity color VHS [1/87] out of stock/used
full credits from IMDb
lots more "Treasure Island" stuff
(books, silent & sound features, TV movies & TV series, posters, links)
on Magic Lantern's "Treasure Island" Movies Page

"Alice In Wonderland" [1951]
details (synopses, sequels, Broadway musicals, books & ebooks, links, merchandise) on
Spirit of America Bookstore's "Alice In Wonderland" Books, Stageplays & Movies Page

"Peter Pan" (1953) /tt0046183/
details (synopses, sequels, Broadway musicals, books & ebooks, links, merchandise) on
Spirit of America Bookstore's "Peter Pan" Books, Stageplays & Movies Page

"Sleeping Beauty" [1959] /tt0053285/

"Mary Poppins" musical feature [Walt Disney Aug 1964] /tt0058331/
at end of 2011, holds #25 box office ranking, at 78,181,800 tickets

"The Jungle Book" [1967] /tt0061852/
details (synopses, sequels, Broadway musicals, books & ebooks, links, merchandise) on
Spirit of America Bookstore's Kipling's "The Jungle Books" Stories & Movies Page

"Destino" [Disney/Buena Vista Dec 2003]
Walt Disney and Salvador Dali surreal "Destino" [2003]
A collaboration between Walt Disney and Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali; begun but abandoned in 1946;
later executive produced by Roy E. Disney; directed by Dominique Monfery; Oscar nomination for
Best Animated Short; full credits from IMDb

and lots more on
Magic Lantern's Disney Films Page


Works  About  Walt  Disney
browse biography books about Walt Disney

Walt Disney's Railroad Story book by Michael Broggie  "Walt Disney's Railroad Story: The Small-Scale Fascination That Led To A Full-Scale Kingdom" [1997]
by Michael Broggie

Pentrex 2nd edition 9x6½ hardcover [10/98] out of print/used
Pentrex 1st edition 12½x10 hardcover [9/97] out of print/used
Building A Company / Disney Empire book by Bob Thomas  "Building A Company: Roy O. disney and The Creation of An Entertainment Empire" [1998]
by Bob Thomas

Disney Editions 8x5¼ pb [7/99] out of print/used
Disney Editions 9&fracx6¼ hardcover [7/98] for $19.96
First 100 Years   "Disney: The First 100 Years" [1999]
by Dave Smith & Steven Clark

Hyperion hardcover [rev 2/2003] for $17.50
Hyperion hardcover [10/99] for $28.00
Quotable Walt Disney book  "The Quotable Walt Disney" [2001]
Compiled by Dave Smith

Disney Editions 6½x5½ pb [4/2001] for $8.09

Walt and El Grupo 2009 documentary film   "Walt & El Grupo: The Untold Adventures" [Disney Sept 2009]
Feature-length documentary based on personal letters, home movies, sketches, and Disney family & studio archives about the 1941 trek to South America by Walt Disney and selected artists from his studio, at the request of the U.S. State Department, which was concerned about anti-American sentiment South of The Border. Members of the 1941 project included Walt & Lillian Disney, Frank Thomas (key animator), Norm Ferguson (producer), John Rose (business manager), Janet Martin Lansburgh (publicity), Jack Cutting (advance), Bill Cottrell (story) and Hazell Cottrell (Lilly Disney’s sister), Ted Sears (story), Webb Smith (story), Jim Bodrero (story sketch), Jack Miller (story sketch), Mary Blair (story & sketch), Larry Lansburgh (A.D. & camera), Herb Ryman (layout & camera), Lee Blair (layout & camera), and Chuck Wolcott (music)
Produced by the Disney Family Foundation; written & directed by Theodore Thomas
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available; full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

"The Disney Version: The Life, Times, Art & Commerce of Walt Disney" [Ivan R. Dee 1967]
by Richard Schickel 1-56663-158-0

"Walt Disney: An American Original" [1994] by Bob Thomas 0786860278

"Walt In Wonderland: The Silent Films of Walt Disney" [2000]
by Russell Merritt and J. B. Kaufman 0801864291

"The Magic Kingdom: Walt Disney & the American Way of Life" [2001]
by Steven Watts 0826213790

"Disney's World: A Biography" [1985 & 2002] by Leonard Mosley 0-8128-8514-7

http://www.amazon.com/Walt-Disneys-Missouri-Creative-Genius/dp/0971708061/ [6/2002]

"How To Be Like Walt: Capturing The Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life" [8/2004]
by Pat Williams & Jim Denney 0757302319

"Babes In Tomorrowland: Walt Disney & The Making of The American Child, 1930-1960"
[7/2005] by Nicholas Sammond 0822334631

"Walt Disney (Conversations With Comic Artists Series)" [11/2005]
by Kathy Merlock Jackson 1578067138

"Walt Disney: The Triumph of American Imagination" [Random House 2006]
by Neal Gabler 0-679-43822-X

"The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney [Mar 20, 2008] by Michael Barrier

"Saving Mr. Banks" [2013] /tt2140373/
http://movies.disney.com/saving-mr-banks


Family  &  Friends
Walt Disney Family Museum [est. 2009] at The Presidio in San Francisco, CA

non-Walt branch of the Disney family

Walt's Carolwood & Pacific Backyard Live-Steam Railroad

"Walt Disney's Backyard Railroad"
watch 3/2009 video with narration [7:37] online at YouTube

Walt Disney's Railroad Story book by Michael Broggie  "Walt Disney's Railroad Story: The Small-Scale Fascination That Led To A Full-Scale Kingdom" [1997]
by Michael Broggie

Pentrex 2nd edition 9x6½ hardcover [10/98] out of print/used
Pentrex 1st edition 12½x10 hardcover [9/97] out of print/used


L i n k s

Walt Disney entry at Wikipedia
Walt Disney credits at Internet Movie Database
Walt Disney Hometown Museum [built 1913] in Marceline, Missouri
listed #26 on Atlantic Monthly's "100 Most Influential Americans" (12/2006)
Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Disney Pictures/Buena Vista Section on Magic Lantern's Movie Studios Page
Magic Lantern's Disney Studios Page
Magic Lantern's Disney Films Page

Walt Disney entry at Wikipedia
Walt Disney credits at Internet Movie Database
Walt Disney Pictures Section on Magic Lantern's Movie Studios Page
Walt Disney & The Nine Old Men Section
at Magic Lantern's Animation Page



Time magazine cover of Walt Disney from 27 December 1937              Time magazine cover of Walt Disney from 27 December 1954              Walt Disney 1968 U.S. postage stamp (6 cents)

Disney Pictures/Buena Vista Section on Magic Lantern's Movie Studios Page
Magic Lantern's Walt Disney Pictures Page
Magic Lantern's Disney Films Page

Disney Movies & TV Shows Store at Amazon

Online sales in association with  browse 'Walt Disney Treasures Series' DVD sets at Amazon

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