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Today, you do not need to write a new LC and date as we are continuing to write our biographies about Walt Disney.


Today's section is sub-headed, 'Disney's Early Cartoons'. Whist you are writing today's section please consider the different elements that need to be included in your writing such as time adverbials, sentences written in the passive voice and punctuating quotes accurately. If you are in school, please use work that we have practised in books and the information displayed on the Learning Wall. 


There are a few things that we noticed yesterday with the writing that we looked at. Please consider the following when you are writing today:


  • Spelling - Some people are spelling words incorrectly when they are spelled correctly on the screen or in your book. 
  • Capital letters - Quite a lot of you are still not using these correctly to begin sentences or for proper nouns.
  • Grammar - You MUST proof read as your writing develops. Proof reading is NOT just done once you have finished your writing.
  • Apostrophes - Apostrophes are used for possession (Disney's Studio) and omission (isn't, didn't, he'd). Although we try not to use these in formal writing.
  • Commas - Please use commas to separate clauses or to separate items in a list. (Even though Walt worked tirelessly, he struggled until he added sound to his animations).
  • Cohesion between paragraphs - If you notice I have mentioned Disney Brothers' Studio at the end of the last paragraph today. This is to link into tomorrow's writing.


Disney's Early Cartoons

      Not long after moving back to Kansas, Walt's brother, Roy, secured him a job as a newspaper artist at Pesmen-Rubin Art Studio. It was whilst he was working here when he met cartoonist, Ub Iwerks. Walt didn't realise at the time but this partnership was later to prove a pivotal point in his rise to success. After this, Disney found work at the Kansas City Ad Company. During his time here, he began experimenting with camera and creating hand-drawn animation and later opened his own animation business. It was during this time that he recruited his first employee - Fred Harman. 


      Walt and Harman later struck a deal with a local theatre to screen their cartoons; they called them 'Laugh-O-Grams'. They proved extremely popular and Disney was able to acquire a studio; he hired more people, including Iwerks. Together, they created a series of seven minute fairy tales that combined live action and animation which they called, 'Alice in Cartoonland'. However, by 1923, the studio had become burdened with debt and Disney was forced to declare himself bankrupt.


      The Disney brothers and Iwerks were not ready to give up, they pooled their money together and made an audacious move to Hollywood, California. This was to prove a significant decision in their rise to fame. It was here, on 16 October, 1923, that the three set up Disney Brothers' Studio. Their first deal was to distribute their 'Alice' cartoons and also created a new character - Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. They charged $1500 for each of their short films.