Disney Animator Tyrus Wong passes away at the age of 106

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Disney Animator Tyrus Wong has passed away on December 30th, 2016 at the age of 106. His artwork helped influence the look of the Disney Classic Bambi…

 

After migrating to America from China he studied at the Otis Art Institute and began working on animated shorts at Disney in 1938 before moving onto feature films.

You might remember his work on the Disney Classic Bambi where his artistic style heavily influenced the overall look of the movie.

As legendary animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston point out in their book about the making of the motion picture, “He set the color schemes along with the appearance of the forest in painting after painting. Paintings that captured the poetic feeling that had eluded us [artists] for so long. Ty Wong not only inspired the other visual artists, but he created a standard that was met by musicians and special effects too.”

After leaving Disney, he worked as a concept and story artist for Warner Brothers for 26 years before retiring in 1968.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.


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