Disney was an "artist," and that's how he began his career. But when he got rolling, he set up on the Hollywood studio model, with a "stable" of artists and animators. Disney himself began his "art" career as the cartoonist for his high school newspaper. For whatever anyone may allege against him on the basis of taste, he was a genius for turning animation into an entertainment form as popular and lucrative as Hollywood movies. The studios got into the animation game when they saw Disney raking it in. He has been charged with stiffling creativity, but he was out to sell movies, so that is the just the cant of disappointed "artists" railing against the reality of the business world, which doesn't care about their credentials, only their "sale-ability." Fantasia
was pretty radical a notion for popular animation, even if the animation itself was formulaic. I suspect he was a relatively nice guy who was also a sharp businessman.