Walt Disney is best known as the incredibly successful founder of the Disney empire. But did you know that in his childhood and early adulthood, Walt faced incredible challenges and failures that threatened to destroy his dreams of being an artist, the dreams that led him to create the wonder of Disney? This video tells the story of Walt Disney’s early years and how he overcame his hardships to create one of his first animation successes, the film Steamboat Willie starring none other than Mickey Mouse!
Topics for Discussion:
- What was one of Walt’s first attempts at animation?
- Why do you think Walt kept presevering at animation even after numerous failures?
- Check out the D23 Disney Fan website to learn more about the history of Walt Disney and his incredible dream-come-true!
- Visit the Worldwide Outreach page of the Disney website to learn about the charitable work Disney does and how you can get involved!
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.