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Walt Disney--The Dream Maker.

Walt Disney was born on Dec. 5th, 1901. As he grew into a man , he took a deep interest in Cartoon Animation. During the Year 1928. Walt Disney created Mickey Mouse, which would capture the Hearts of people all over the world. Disney's first animated short, "Steamboat Willie" was released that year, which introduced Mickey Mouse, Minni Mouse, and Disney's very first Animated Villain, "Pete." In the Early-Mid Thirties as Mickey Mouse Cartoons were becoming more and more popular, Donald Duck and Goofy (originally called "Dippy the Dawg") were also introduced, and were big hits.

Disney produced his first animated motion picture, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" in 1937. In 1941, he produced his first "Part live action-part animated" Motion Picture Classic, Song of the South." Later in 1948 he produced his second part live action--part animated movie entitled "So Dear to My Heart." Disney himself had provided the voice of Mickey Mouse all the way up to the creation of Disney's 9th Animated Movie Classic, "Fun and Fancy Free," which featured Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Willie the Giant in the Animated Segment, "Mickey and the Beanstock." During the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's; Disney produced several more Motion Picture and Animated Motion Picture Classics such as "CINDERELLA, PETER PAN, LADY AND THE TRAMP, DARBY O'GILL & THE LITTLE PEOPLE, SLEEPING BEAUTY, OLD YELLER, MARY POPPINS" and more. "Mary Poppins" earned a "Best Actress Oscar" for Julie Andrews in 1964.

In 1955, Walt Disney opened his famed Theme Park, Disneyland" in a small rural town called Anaheim, California. Anaheim did not remain a "Small rural town" for very long. Today, it is one of the Top 10 largest cities in California, and one of the top 5 Convention Cities in the United States, and home to two Disney Professional Sports Franchises: 1) "The Anaheim Angels" and 2) "The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim," an NHL Team which arose of a a Disney Movie on Peewee Hockey entitled "The Might Ducks." Walt Disney took strong interest in Youth, youth organizations and their education as he produced films such as "Donald in Math Magicland," and his documentary series on "People and Places."

The last Disney Movie made before Disney's Death in 1966 was about "The Boy Scouts of America." The movie was entitled "Follow Me Boys." Walt Disney was gone, but his company and people like Roy Disney and Michael Eisner have kept Disney's Dream and Legacy alive-- a Dream and Legacy which will never die.


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