The movie and entertainment industry have had numerous pioneers since Thomas Edison came up with the idea for motion pictures. Since that time, the movies have evolved from silent movies where live music accompanied the picture to talking pictures. Also the way we viewed the movies changed from watching a black and white picture to watching full color pictures. Plus, one of the other major changes is from solely live action movies to animated films. While many people have been involved in the evolution of the motion picture industry, one of the most famous is Walt Disney.
Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1901, Disney at the age of 21 started a small animation studio in 1922. From a humble beginning of producing short films that movie theaters could play, Disney started making full length animated motion pictures within ten years. With this foundation of picture production, Disney became one of the leaders in animated and live films over the next several decades. But the movie business was just the beginning. The forward thinking Disney wanted to have the Disney brand be associated with a wide range of entertainment options.
Over time, Walt Disney expanded his properties to include television shows such as the Mickey Mouse Club and the Wonderful World of Disney. He was a strong advocate for family entertainment and opened Disneyland in California in 1955. Disney continued to expand his brand presence until his death in 1971 by adding other entertainment properties including Disney World in Orlando, Florida. However, the genius of Walt Disney continues today with the entertainment entities that utilize the Disney name, which have carried on the tradition of offering entertainment for the whole family.
Walt Disney Biography
Disney Biography – Informative biographical look at the life and the work of Walt Disney.
Walt Disney Biography Page – Disney page with quite a bit of information on the career of Walt Disney.
Disney Biography Information – Useful information from IMDB providing an overview of the life of the entertainment giant.
Brief Disney Biography – Information on the major events in the life of Disney.
Walt Disney Bio – Kid friendly page providing a look at the career and personal life of the Disney founder.
Walt Disney Biography Data – Disney site offering a look at the life of the founder of the Walt Disney Company.
Walt Disney Studios
Walt Disney Studios – Official website of the studio that bears the name of the Disney founder.
Disney Animation Studios – Current site of the company that provides the animation for the Disney movies.
Walt Disney Studios History – Informative page providing a look at the beginnings and growth of the Disney Studios.
History and Magic of the Disney Studios – An inside look at the history and future of the Disney Studios and operation.
Disney Animation History – Nostalgic look at the past work that was produced by the Walt Disney Studios.
Disney’s Animated Films – Useful site providing a listing and information on the animated classic films of the Disney Studios.
Disney Animated Film Trivia – Fun page testing the knowledge of fans on animated films by Disney.
Classic Live Action Films – Information on the live films produced by Disney before 1980.
Walt Disney Company
Walt Disney Company – Official website of the corporate home for the Disney Company and related properties.
All Things Disney – Informative page with information and links on the many facets of the Disney Company.
Disney and Television – Information from the Museum of Television Broadcasting about the work of Disney on TV.
Walt Disney and Television – Web page providing information on the groundbreaking work of Walt Disney in the field of television as one of the early pioneers.
Disneyland Information – Page providing information and an overview of the California theme park opened in 1955.
Disney World Maps – Useful information and maps of the Walt Disney World properties in Florida.
Walt Disney World Information – Visitor information from Frommer’s on visiting Disney World in Orlando.
About Disney World - Informative resource giving an overview of the Orlando Florida fun park.
Walt Disney Resources
Mouse Planet – Helpful collection of information and resources about Disney related ventures.
Walt Disney World Resources – Information on eight of the top sites about Disney World.
Life of Disney – Concise video containing information on the life of Walt Disney.
Walt Disney and the Magic Kingdom – Time Inc. article on the influence of Walt Disney on the entertainment world.
Walt Disney Facts for Kids – Helpful page aimed at providing kids with information on Walt Disney.
Walt Disney Events – Informative page with information on the major events occurring at Disney parks.
Disney Parks – Overview of all of the entertainment parks that are run by the Disney Company around the world.