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The Life of Walter Disney

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AbstractThe life of Walter Disney, he will live on forever through his creativity. Since the release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Disney in 1937, animated films have become one of the most universally enjoyed forms of entertainment. Disney has a long history of developing, producing, and distributing films such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King. The stories and characters of these popular animated feature films have become part of our modern mythology, enjoyed generation after generation. Traditionally, these popular animated feature films have been created using the time-consuming and labor-intensive process of two-dimensional, hand-drawn animation.IntroductionWhen people think of animated cartoons one name immediately comes to mind Walt Disney who was an American motion-picture icon, television producer and showman, famous as the pioneer of animated cartoon films. While he did not invent animated cartoons he was responsible for improving their quality and making them into an art form by creating such cartoon characters as Mickey Mouse probably the world's best known cartoon character. He also planned and built Disneyland, a huge amusement park that opened near Los Angeles in 1955, and before his death he had begun building a second such park, Walt Disney World, finally finished in 1971 and later EPCOT Center in 1982 near Orlando, Florida. The Disney Company he founded has become one of the world's largest entertainment conglomerates.Statement of ProblemThe problem of this study was to see what a man with a dream could do, can he really make dreams come true.Rationale

Walt Disney, found what he liked to do and did best at an early age he never gave up on his dreams. He opened his own company with his brother and blood, sweat and tears. Still to this day it is still growing improving and flourishing. Even after his death his dreams are still making others happy.

Research QuestionWhat is significant about Walter Disney?Limitations and/or Operational Definitions

Morality Walter "Walt" Disney died in 1966, so this study is based on past information. I was not able to have a conversation in person with W. Disney.Elements of Control I am not able to control information, opinions or biases of any past researchers who may have done a study on this person.

Instrumentation I believe I have gathered as much information on Walter Disney that I could have from my sources listed below. Research Expectations Walt Disney is most well known for the animated character Mickey Mouse. He also created his own company with his brother that continues today to bring joy to children of all ages. Rating I would have to rate W> Disney as very high, even after his death his company continues to grow and improve. I myself just went to Disneyland in California, it is a very wonderful place very clean and all the employees are very friendly.

MethodsDesign this design of this study solely uses the application of Erickson's Psychosocial Theory.

Participant Walter "Walt" Disney on December 5, 1906 in Chicago Illinois and died December 15, 1966. He was the fourth of five children born to Elias and Flora Disney. Shortly after birth his family moved to a farm near Marceline, Missouri where his love of drawing and art was first discovered. At the age of 14 they moved back to Chicago where he attended Art School and the rest is history.

Procedure Deciding to do a case study on Walter Disney, I searched the Encyclopedia and various websites. Then using the format suggested by instructor Dr Ruth Doyle. BiographyHe died at the age of 65 but physically his company will live on in infamy. Even today nearly 45 years after his death the company he started continues to grow and improve. With mergers such as Pixar and recently Marvel. He would be very proud if he were alive to see what he started has become a worldwide phenomenon. With new projects such as Disney Nature. Also winning Academy Awards Motion Pictures of Arts and Science beginning in 1938 for Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and as recent as 2009 for UP and Princess and the Frog. Application of TheoriesErickson's TheoryTrust - VS - Mistrust(0 - 18 months)Not much is known of his early childhood. When he was in this stage of his life his family moved to a farm near Marceline, Missouri. He was the fourth of five children born to Elias and Flora Disney. I am going to guess is at the positive end at this stage of his life. Autonomy - VS - Shame/Doubt(18 months - 3 years)I am going to assume at this stage in his life he was learning through play. He was in the country and had other siblings to play with and follow and learn from. I am also going to guess this stage of his life is positive.Initiative - VS - Guilt(3 - 6 years)It is said that in these early developmental years he developed his interest in art and drawing. He is still on the farm with his parents and siblings. This stage would seem to me to be the best so far because of finding an interest that would carry him through the rest of his life.Industry - VS - Inferiority(6 - 12 Years)During this stage at the age of 9 the family moved to Kansas City. He continued with his art and went to elementary school. This stage seams positive.Identity - VS - Role confusion(12 - 18 years)During this stage at the age of 14 he was enrolled in the Kansas City Art Institute. Where his art flourished and grew even more. At the age of 16 his family moved back to Chicago attended one year of high school. Shortly after the move at the age of 18 he ended up with the Red Cross driving an ambulance during WWI. This stage is positive but barely because of moving and the war.Intimacy - VS - Isolation(18 - 34 years)During this stage still at the age of 18 back from the war is where he really started his career in art. He joined the staff of the Kansas City Film Ad Company producing simple animations. He formed Laugh-O-Gram Films with a colleague at the age of 22 he moved to California where he started a partnership with his brother Roy called Walt Disney Productions. At the age of 25

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