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04/50 Walt Disney

Walter Elias Disney (5/XII/1901-15/XII/1966) was an American film producer, director, screenwriter and animator, better known as founder of The Walt Disney Company.

His early works in cinema include the Silly Symphonies and the creation of the character Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in the 1920s. Not much later, Disney created, along with artist Ub Iwerks, his most famous creature: Mickey Mouse. In these first works, Disney proved himself as one of the first testers of the innovations in cinema: the short feature Steamboat Willie was the first cartoon with synchronized sound and Flowers and trees was the first commercially released film to be produced in the full-color three-strip Technicolor process.

In 1934, after a trip to Paris where he watched his short films in cinemas not between other movies, but showed as important works themselves, he developed the idea of producing a full-lenght feature. The development Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, known in Hollywood as "Disney's Folly", took from 1934 until mid-1937. It had a budget of more than a million dollars, which was a huge amount of money at the time. Disney had to mortgage his own house to finance the movie, which utterly became one of the studio's most succesful movies and started the golden age of animation.

Until his death in 1966, Walt Disney produced some of the studio's most classic movies: Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi, Saludos Amigos, The three Caballeros, Make mine music, Fun and fancy free, Melody time, The adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, One Hundred and One Dalmatians and The sword in the stone. He never got to see The Jungle Book completed, as he died a few months before its release.

(Now that I come to think about it, he really looked like my grandfather's young photos...)
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