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Walt Disney

Walt Disney


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Also Known As: Died: December 15, 1966
Born: December 5, 1901 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: Producer ...


Disney was nominated for over 60 Academy Awards and picked up 23 statues. In 1953 alone, he swept the categories of Best Documentary (Short), Best Documentary (Feature), Best Short Subjects (Two-reel) and Best Short Subjects (Cartoons), to date, the only person to receive four statues in a single evening.

Received the French Legion of Honor in 1936

His honorary degrees included an MS from USC in 1938, an MA from Yale in 1938 and an MS from Harvard in 1939.

Inducted into the Televsion Academy Hall of Fame posthumously in 1986

"The span of twelve years between 'Steamboat Willie', the first Mickey with sound, and 'Fantasia' is the bridge between primitive and modern animated pictures. No genius built this bridge. It was built by hard work and enthusiasm, integrity of purpose, a devotion to our medium, confidence in its future, and, above all, by steady day-by-day growth in which we all simply studied our trade." --Walt Disney, quoted in "Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons" by Leonard Maltin (Plume: 1987; revised edition)

When asked what he considered his most important accomplishment, Disney replied: "The whole damn thing. The fact that I was able to build an organization, and point it at certain goals and hold it together." --From June 26, 1998 Variety commemorating Disney's 75th anniversary

"Every practising professional working in animation is deeply in the debt of the Disney Studio whether he knows it or not, or will admit it or not. Even those who rebel against the Disney style and content and approach owe Disney an enormous amount. While Walt Disney did not invent the medium he may as well have because from 1925 to 1940 his studio turned a crude bunch of squiggles without sound, of short length, into a highly sophisticated, illustrative, beautifully timed and developed, feature-length, highly successful and unique medium. This fifteen year period in which Disney added colour and sound, developed the feeling of weight and injected real personality into a flurry of drawings, was for all of us what is now known as 'The Golden Age of Animation'." --Richard Williams, quoted in Film Dope, Number 12

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