Disney is a common household name

Disney is a common household name, known all over the world but do people really know much more than the name and parks. Tons of thousands of people visit Disneyland, California and Disneyworld, Florida, as-well as those who watch the original movies along with the new releases every year. Besides being one of the most well known names ever, Walt Disney had an interesting life before the Disney name became so famous and well known. Disney’s life was far from perfect, but he did not let that stop him from being able to make millions of peoples lives feel as if it were magic. 
Walter Elias Disney born within the city of Chicago, Illinois on December 5, 1901, to a young couple of Elias and Flora Disney. Flora a grade-school teacher and Elias was a local building contractor. The family came from very humble beginnings of hard work and perseverance. Walt moved at a young age away from his birth town, at just four years old found him and his family moving to Marceline, Missouri where the family would raise their children. Walt was the fourth of five siblings, he had three older brothers along with a younger sister, Ramen, Roy, Herbert and Ruth.
It was whilst attending grade school that Walt recognized his enjoyment for drawling and doodling during his time at school. His family was split on his passion for drawling, his father discouraged his sketches, as his mother would encourage him to keep drawling. Soon enough, by the age of seven, Walt found himself being able to sell his sketches. With the money he was able to obtain he was able to see his first film. The movie was a recreation of the crucifying of Christ on the cross and was in black and white. Walt became emotionally moved by the film and desired to learn how films were made. Since then Disney continued his love for drawling and how he could incorporate them into film. While working on his art and film Walt would work for a railroad company in Missouri in which he was selling newspapers, candies, and sodas to visitors as-well as travelers. Walt enjoyed the job so much as he was able to make people happy as well as interact with others, a reoccurring theme in the life of Walt Disney.
At some point towards the end of WW1 Disney found himself being enticed to join the military and go off to honor his country at war. Though Disney attempted to enlist within the army but was rejected as he was too young, being only sixteen. Stubborn and unable to do nothing with a war going on Walt devised a plan to forge his age and join the Red Cross, which was seventeen to enroll. Soon after joining the Red Cross, Walt found himself being sent to France to ride and work on an ambulance. During this time in France Walt kept his practice of doodling and drawling even to the point of covering his ambulance in his very own cartoon drawings. Also during his time spent in France Walt would attempt to create many new’s propaganda cartoons about the war. Walt would spend over a year overseas before coming back home to Kansas City.
Once returning back to the states, Walt wanted to pursue his passion of drawling and motion picture. Soon enough he found himself attending the Kansas City Art School of Design. Walt spent nearly a year there until deciding to transfer over to his birth town of Chicago, Illinois and attend the Chicago Art Institute. Not long after his transfer to Chicago Art Institute Disney was seeing results on his works. Eventually graduating from the art institute Disney would found his first film studio, Laugh-O-Gram Films. With this company Walt would kickstart his career in cartoons, shorts and motion pictures.
Not long after his start with Laugh-O-Gram Walt decided he wanted more. Him and his brother, Roy, went out to Los Angeles to incorporate their new company, Disney Bros. Disney Bros. became a success and would begin to see attention and popularity. Nearly two years since moving to Los Angeles Walt met a women by the name of Lillian Bounds, who he had hired to paint for their company. The couple decided to settle down and marry, though it was not all sweet. The couple dealt with a miscarriage of their first pregnancy, later trying again and succeeding with their daughter Diane Marie Disney. The couple would again try for a child but this time with adoption. Three years after the birth of Diane the couple adopted another girl by the name of Sharon Mae Disney.
By the mid nineteen thirties Disney was working on his first full length animated motion picture. Though many people resented the idea and expected a complete bust Disney Bros. came out with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on December 21, 1937. Despite the predictions the movie was a hit, bringing in over a million dollars, and instant classic. For several years after the movie Disney was the only motion picture company to have a patent for technicolor, allowing them to be the only animator allowed to make colored films. This little loop hole skyrocketed the Disney company into fame and wealth. Soon after Walts rise to fame he bought a house for his parents to live in. Less than a year after moving into the house Flora, his mother, passed away from monoxide poisoning from the house. This is said to be the reason for his following films to be done without a mother figure within them, Bambi, The Jungle Book, and Pinocchio.
Disney’s popularity was growing on the regular and beginning to become a house-hold name. By 1940 the Disney studios in California had employed over a thousand people for writers, drawlers, and animators. Yet, by the middle of World War II the majority of the companies crew had begun to do government work like propaganda and shot films for the military. This connection with the government and Disney brought about large amounts of controversy and from it a loos in fandom for Disney costing them loads of money. Though Disney would eventually bounce back and be right back on top as they were pre-war.