On this day in 1923, the Disney Brothers Studio was founded by Walt and Roy Disney in California. Why this date? They signed a contract on October 16 with a cartoon distributor for a new series of animated/live-action shorts called Alice Comedies.
Prior to this Walt had tinkered with animation but lack of any steady work in Hollywood had prevented him from starting his own studio. But now that a New York cartoon distributor named M. J. Winkler was interested in their idea of mixing a live-action girl in a cartoon world - the time was right to begin what today is called The Walt Disney Studios.
The Disney Brothers Studio was located in the rear of a small store at 4651 Kingswell Avenue (a few blocks from their Uncle Robert's home - where Walt had first lived upon arriving in California.)
Rent for the office space was ten dollars a month.
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