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Walt Disney Studio

Disney (founded 1923)
In 1923, Walt Disney (1901-1966) moved from Kansas to California and, with his brother Roy, set up the Disney company. A year later, Walt was joined by fellow animator Ub Iwerks and together they produced numerous short cartoons. In 1928, they invented the character of ‘Mickey Mouse’, introducing him to the public in the groundbreaking
Steamboat Willie (1928), the first cartoon with synchronised sound. The first Disney merchandise, featuring Mickey Mouse, was produced in the following year. Mickey proved immediately popular, and not only ensured the success of the company but established its identity, the mouse becoming so much its symbol as to be almost interchangeable with his chief creator.
From the early 1930s through the early 1940s, Disney developed his company in size and substance.

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