The History of the Walt Disney Company


Walt Disney, one of the most successful movie producers of the Twentieth Century was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois. He was married to Elizabeth Bounds and partnered with his brother Roy Disney. Walt proved to be extremely innovative with animation and character development. It was his creativity that lead his Walt Disney Company to rake in over $ 35 billion. He began creating characters like Mickey Mouse and producing movies over 50 years ago.

Disney's early characters, Mickey Mouse and Popeye, were vastly popular for many years, when their popularity started to wane; Disney made plans to produce Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. His counterparts said this move would be his downfall. He persevered with the movie in spite of massive criticism, and it turned out to be a huge success, raking in $ 8 billion, making it the most successful film in 1939. This paved the way for other princess movies old and new including Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, Aladdin, and many more. Each of which has earned the Walt Disney Company billions of dollars.

During World War II, Disney was paid to make War Films such as "Victory Through Air Power" and others. These movies did not fare well in the box office, nor did Babmi which was released in the same period.

However, after the war, Disney had grand ideas of creating an exciting theme park that we know today as Disneyland and Disney World. The parks were hugely successful and fun for all ages. These theme parks currently remain in the United States, Japan, France, and China. These parks generated the popularity of Mickey Mouse and other characters like Winnie the Pooh, and later the Disney Princesses. The Disney princesses now amass billions of dollars on a yearly basis.

Disney's creativity came to an end on December 15th, 1966 when he died at the age of 65. His brother Roy, came out of retirement, and took over the business upon his death. Today, his legacy continues as Disney Productions continues to release blockbuster movie hits and open new theme parks in distant lands.


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