Disney in 1946
|Born||Walter Elias Disney
December 5, 1901
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Died||December 15, 1966
Burbank, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Entrepreneur, animator, voice actor, film producer|
|Board member of||The Walt Disney Company|
|Relatives||See Disney family|
26 Academy Awards
I am not influenced by the techniques or fashions of any other motion picture company.
Crowded classrooms and half-day sessions are a tragic waste of our greatest national resource – the minds of our children.
Animation is different from other parts. Its language is the language of caricature. Our most difficult job was to develop the cartoon's unnatural but seemingly natural anatomy for humans and animals.
All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.
We are not trying to entertain the critics. I'll take my chances with the public.
You're dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.
I don't like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It's just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess.
The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.
There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island.
Animation offers a medium of story telling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world.
Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.
I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.
Of all the things I've done, the most vital is coordinating those who work with me and aiming their efforts at a certain goal.
I started, actually, to make my first animated cartoon in 1920. Of course, they were very crude things then and I used sort of little puppet things.
I have no use for people who throw their weight around as celebrities, or for those who fawn over you just because you are famous.
Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.
I never called my work an 'art'. It's part of show business, the business of building entertainment.
People still think of me as a cartoonist, but the only thing I lift a pen or pencil for these days is to sign a contract, a check, or an autograph.
I'd say it's been my biggest problem all my life… it's money. It takes a lot of money to make these dreams come true.
Disneyland is a work of love. We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.
Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive. This facility makes it the most versatile and explicit means of communication yet devised for quick mass appreciation.
You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
We did it Disneyland, in the knowledge that most of the people I talked to thought it would be a financial disaster – closed and forgotten within the first year.
We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence. He was a means to an end.
I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.
Our heritage and ideals, our code and standards – the things we live by and teach our children – are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings.
When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.
Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.
I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.
It's no secret that we were sticking just about every nickel we had on the chance that people would really be interested in something totally new and unique in the field of entertainment.
I try to build a full personality for each of our cartoon characters – to make them personalities.
I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn't know how to get along without it.
Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future.
Whenever I go on a ride, I'm always thinking of what's wrong with the thing and how it can be improved.
All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures. It is the very nature of fantasy and fable.
When people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it's because he's so human; and that is the secret of his popularity.
Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner.
We have created characters and animated them in the dimension of depth, revealing through them to our perturbed world that the things we have in common far outnumber and outweigh those that divide us.
We believed in our idea – a family park where parents and children could have fun- together.