Walter Elias Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer.
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A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons.
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As a film producer, Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations.
The Academy Awards, or "Oscars", is an annual American awards ceremony hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements in the United States film industry as assessed by the Academy's voting membership.
He was presented with two Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards and an Emmy Award, among other honors.
An Emmy Award, or simply Emmy, is an American award that recognizes excellence in the television industry, and corresponds to the Oscar, the Tony Award, and the Grammy Award.
Several of his films are included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
The Library of Congress is the research library that officially serves the United States Congress and is the de facto national library of the United States.
He moved to California in the early 1920s and set up the Disney Brothers Studio with his brother Roy.
With Ub Iwerks, Walt developed the character Mickey Mouse in 1928, his first highly popular success; he also provided the voice for his creation in the early years.
Ub Iwerks was an American animator, cartoonist, character designer, inventor, and special effects technician, who designed Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey Mouse.
Mickey Mouse is a funny animal cartoon character and the official mascot of The Walt Disney Company.
As the studio grew, Disney became more adventurous, introducing synchronized sound, full-color three-strip Technicolor, feature-length cartoons and technical developments in cameras.
Technicolor is the name applied to a series of color motion picture processes, the first version dating from 1916, and followed by improved versions over several decades.
In motion picture terminology, feature length is the length of a feature film.
The results, seen in features such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, and Bambi, furthered the development of animated film.
Bambi is a 1942 American animated film directed by David Hand, produced by Walt Disney and based on the 1923 book Bambi, a Life in the Woods by Austrian author Felix Salten.
Dumbo is a 1941 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures.
New animated and live-action films followed after World War II, including the critically successful Cinderella and Mary Poppins, the latter of which received five Academy Awards.
World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier.
In filmmaking, video production, and other media, live action is cinematography or videography that does not use animation.
In the 1950s, Disney expanded into the amusement park industry, and in 1955 he opened Disneyland.
Disneyland Park, originally Disneyland, is the first of two theme parks built at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, opened on July 17, 1955.
An amusement park is a park that features various attractions, such as rides and games, as well as other events for entertainment purposes.
To fund the project he diversified into television programs, such as Walt Disney's Disneyland and The Mickey Mouse Club; he was also involved in planning the 1959 Moscow Fair, the 1960 Winter Olympics, and the 1964 New York World's Fair.
The 1964/1965 New York World's Fair was a world's fair that held over 140 pavilions, 110 restaurants, for 80 nations, 24 US states, and over 45 corporations to build exhibits or attractions at Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens, New York City.
The 1960 Winter Olympics, officially known as the VIII Olympic Winter Games, was a winter multi-sport event held between February 18–28, 1960 in Squaw Valley, California, United States.
The Mickey Mouse Club is an American variety television show that aired intermittently from 1955 to 1996 and returned in 2017 to social media.
In 1965, he began development of another theme park, Disney World, the heart of which was to be a new type of city, the "Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow".
Disney was a heavy smoker throughout his life, and died of lung cancer in December 1966 before either the park or the EPCOT project were completed.
Disney was a shy, self-deprecating and insecure man in private but adopted a warm and outgoing public persona.
He had high standards and high expectations of those with whom he worked.
Although there have been accusations that he was racist or anti-Semitic, they have been contradicted by many who knew him.
His reputation changed in the years after his death, from a purveyor of homely patriotic values to a representative of American imperialism.
American imperialism describes policies aimed at extending the political, economic, and cultural control of the United States over areas beyond its boundaries.