Walt Disney Facts – 47 Interesting Facts About Walt Disney
Facts about Walt Disney
The duo managed to make a deal with a local Kansas City theater to screen their Laugh-O-Grams cartoons which became very popular in a very short time.
Soon Disney had his own studio which he named Laugh-o-gram and it hired a number of employees including Harman’s brother Hugh and Iwerks.
The studio created a series of seven minute fairy tales combing live action and animation called Alice in wonderland.
However by 1923 the studio ran into financial difficulties and Disney had to declare it bankrupt.
In trying times Disney and his brother Roy pooled money and moved to Hollywood with Iwerks relocating to California and all three started the Disney Brothers’ Studio.
The made a deal with New York distributor Margaret Winkler, to distribute their Alice cartoons.
They also created a character called Oswald the Rabbit and contracted it for $1500 each.
Disney hired an artist, Lillian Bounds who soon became his soul mate after a brief courtship.
A couple of years later Disney discovered that Winkler and her husband, Charles Mintz, had stolen the rights to Oswald, along with all of Disney’s animators except Iwerks.
Unfazed Disney brothers and their wife and Iwerks created three cartoons with the character which Disney had in his mind-Mickey.