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a. Walt Disney spent most of his childhood in drawing, painting and selling pictures to neighbours and family friends. He attended McKinley High School in Chicago, where he used to take drawing and photography classes and was a contributing cartoonist for the school paper. At night, he took courses at the Chicago Art Institute.
b. Walt Disney dropped out of school at the age of 16 to join the army but was not selected because he was underage.
c. When Disney returned from France, he moved back to Kansas City to pursue a career as a newspaper artist. His brother Roy helped him to get a job at the Pesmen-Rubin Art Studio, where he met cartoonist Ubbe Eert Iwwerks, better known as Ub Iwerks.
d. Disney worked at the Kansas City Film Ad Company where he made commercials based on cutout animation. He began experimenting with a camera, doing hand-drawn cel animation, and decided to open his own animation business.
e. Disney recruited Fred Harman as his first employee from the Ad Company.
f. Walt and Harman made a deal with a local Kansas City theatre to screen their cartoons, which they called Laugh-O-Grams. The cartoons were hugely popular, and Disney was able to acquire his own studio which was also named ‘Laugh-O-Grams’.
g. Laugh-O-Gram hired a number of employees, including Harman's brother Hugh and Iwerks. They collectively did a series of seven minute fairy tales that combined both live action and animation called ‘Alice in Cartoonland’.
h. Disney and his brother, Roy along with Iwerks began the Disney Brothers' Studio. Their first deal was with New York distributor Margaret Winkler, to distribute their Alice cartoons.
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