The First Newman Laugh-O-grams Film Premieres at Newman Theater in Kansas City

Before there was Snow White, Mickey Mouse, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, or even the Alice comedies, Walt Disney was determined to get into the animation business, so he took a borrowed camera to the shed behind his house and created his first film. Soon, having raised $15,000 from family and friends, Walt hired a minimal staff and incorporated Laugh-O-gram Films.

It was on this day in 1921, that the first of six Laugh-O-grams films debuted in theaters. Although he sold his animated Laugh-O-grams to the Newman Theatre in Kansas City, in less than a year it was no laughing matter when the company declared bankruptcy when a distributor defaulted on his payments. An optimist, Walt later stated that there was a certain importance to failure, and believed it contributed to his later success.