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Walt Disney was the 20th century's Andersen, Aesop, and Mother Goose rolled into one, offering to all peoples a charmed world of comic animals, modern versions of old fables and fairy tales, and artistic creations in sight and sound. Like jazz, Disney's works were America's contribution to contemporary culture.

Disney was the fourth of five children born to Elias and Flora Call Disney on the north side of Chicago on December 5, 1901. His mother was a schoolteacher, his father a peripatetic builder, farmer, and carpenter who sometimes augmented his sporadic income by playing the fiddle outside saloons. When Walt was a youngster, the family moved to a small farm in Missouri, and when that failed, they went to Kansas City, where the father bought a newspaper delivery route.

A lackluster student, Walt was remembered of his notebook and occasionally bringing Having decided to become a cartoonist, he drawing and later studied at the Kansas City

In 1917 the family moved back to jam factory, and Walt held a succession of the United States' determined to go about his age and driver for the ended before trucks and for drawing squiggles in the margins his pet mouse Mortimer to school, took a correspondence course in Art Institute and School of Design. Chicago, where the father bought a small jobs in his free time. With entry into World War I, he was overseas. Not yet 17, he lied went to France as an ambulance American Red Cross. The war he saw action, but he drove ambulances and made small sums decorating vehicles and painting the Croix de Guerre on soldiers' leather jackets.

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