Here is a Shortened version of the Walt Disney Company History.
Walt Disney is now one of the largest corporations in the world. Our Walt Disney Company History began as a little animation studio in the garage of Walt and Roy Disney’s grandpa.
This small venture was founded on October 16, 1923. Now Walt Disney’s company has grown to profits of over $34.3 billion.
The first project the Disney brothers dealt with was a series entitled Alice’s Wonderland.
In 1924 Walt Disney persuaded his brother to rename the studio Walt Disney Studios.
After a number of smaller sized successes and failures, the first Mickey Mouse cartoons Plane Crazy and Steamboat Willie were released to audiences in 1928. As it was the first animation with sound to achieve appeal, Walt Disney had the ability to expand his endeavors a year later on into three extra companies: Walt Disney Enterprises, Disney Film Recording Company, and Liled Realty and Investment Company.
Over the next few years, a few of Disney’s beloved characters were introduced into the world.
- Pluto in 1930
- Goofy in 1932
- Donald Duck in 1934
In 1937 the studio’s very first feature-length animation movie was released. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs made history books by being the very first animated feature film ever produced. The next year, Walt Disney combined all his companies under one title, Walt Disney Productions, and in 1940 the production house launched both Pinocchio and Fantasia.
As the studio started to grow, the United States’ venture into World War II caused a slowdown in movie production as Disney was rather contracted to create morale-boosting federal government propaganda. The next 10 years were fairly slow for Disney, and films produced were exclusively low spending or took years to produce. Bambi, for example, was in production for 6 years prior to its theatrical release.
In 1950, the business was revived with the release of Cinderella, and 1952 saw Walt Disney begin to plan the Walt Disney Productions Theme Park.
It wasn’t until 1967 that work in fact started on the theme park, even though the Walt Disney Company went public about it ten years prior.
The Walt Disney World Resort opened in Orlando, Florida in 1971, and Disney started to make its venture into live-action films.
Although there were many ups and downs in the years following Walt’s death, the business continued to go far for itself and advance to new grounds. While there have been lots of problems over the last few years, like the controversy over CEO Michael Eisner’s policies and a number of hostile quote takeover attempts, the company has handled its press well and continues to hold its place as one of the largest and most influential companies on the planet.
And that concludes our shorted Walt Disney Company History.