The man of the times
Few creative figures have left such an indelible mark on popular culture as Walt Elias Disney. His unforgettable cartoon characters, optimistic storytelling and pioneering filmmaking have captured the minds and imaginations of adults and children alike. A lifelong innovator, he brought the on-screen entertainment into the real world with the opening of Disneyland Park in 1955.
Since his humble beginnings as a cartoon artist, Disney continuously challenged the creative status quo, pushing the boundaries of filmmaking and entertainment. The iconic Steamboat Willie brought us the beloved Mickey Mouse in 1928 and is recognized as an early example of an animation with synchronized sound. Lauded as a creative genius before turning 40, Disney was honored with a total of 32 Academy Awards and 59 nominations – a record that remains unchallenged today.
The name Walt Disney is forever bound with the art of film animation and American movie history. An empire of unimaginable proportions grew out of his initial idea to perfect the technique of making cartoons. Born in 1901 in Chicago, Walter Elias Disney became one of the most influential and most revered film producers of his time, thanks to his pioneering spirit and inventive ability. The overall shape of the pen is inspired by the legendary Monorail system, while colors are a reference to the original poster from “Steamboat Willy” (1920) which depicts Mickey Mouse. The cap and barrel in matte black resin feature several hidden Mickeys and the signature of Walt Disney can be found on the cap top. A big significance in Disney's early career is celebrated with a set of coordinates engraved on the cone. They give the position of the garage belonging to Walt Disney's uncle, where Walt Disney and his brother constructed a camera stand and where he started his business.