chapter  11
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The Walt Disney Company

At the end ofWorld War I, Walter Elias Disney returned to the Vnited States after serving as an ambulance driver for the Arnerican troops overseas. Prior to his enlistment, Disney trained as a commercial artist, having studied at the Kansas City Art Institute. Disney's plan, on his return, was to pursue a career as a commercial artist. In 1919, Disney formed his own animated cartoon company in partnership with artist Vb Iwerks. Despite several attempts, the 4-year partnership proved unsuccessful. The company went bankrupt and Disney left to join his brother, Roy, in Hollywood. Together, they formed the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio in 1923.1 Walt Disney would be responsible for the creative side and brother Roy would devote hirnself to the business end.