Kansas City: the birthplace of Hollywood animation

Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks
Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks met as teenagers in Kansas City, where they learned animation while working for the Kansas City Film Ad Company.

Did you know that Walt Disney learned the craft of animation in Kansas City? Or that his close friend (and Kansas City native) Ub Iwerks later followed Disney to Hollywood, where Iwerks created Mickey Mouse?

The pair met while working as commercial artists and learned the craft of animation while working at the Kansas City Film Ad Company. They also worked with a number of other Kansas City cartoonists who went on to become legends in the animation business.

Find out more in our newly updated the biographies of Disney and Iwerks in the “Creators” section of the site.

2 thoughts on “Kansas City: the birthplace of Hollywood animation”

  1. If I recall correctly you can add the name Dave Holman to your list of Disney artists who once lived in Kansas City; I worked with him in the late 70s/early 80s in Denver at Computer Image, Inc.

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