Tyrus Wong, whose paintings served as visual inspiration for Disney’s animated classic “Bambi,” died Friday, Dec. 30. He was 106.
Wong’s death was announced on his Facebook page.
“With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Tyrus Wong,” the post read. “Tyrus died peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving daughters Kim, Kay and Tai-Ling. He was 106 years old.”
Wong was born in China before immigrating to the Bay Area at age 9. From there he went to art school on a scholarship followed by accepting a low-level animation job in 1938. After hearing about Walt Disney’s “Bambi” project he put together some paintings of deer in a forest, which impressed Disney enough to use them as inspiration for the film. The animated classic isn’t all Wong is known for though, he’s also worked on film’s like “Rebel Without a Cause, “The Green Berets,” and “The Wild Bunch.”
In 2001, Wong was named a Disney Legend, and in 2013 he had his artwork featured in the Walt Disney Family Museum. In October of this year Wong received two honors at the Asian World Film Festival. He was awarded with a lifetime achievement award on the opening day with the following day (his 106th birthday) being the screening of the documentary about him titled “Tyrus” directed by Pam Tom.
Wong is survived by his daughters Kim, Kay and Tai-Ling.
Get ready to really fawn over Lauren Conrad’s latest collection.
After dabbling in Minnie Mouse territory and whipping up a few enchanting Cinderella-inspired designs, LC’s chosen Bambi as her next Disney design muse. And while we’ve always gushed about her past collections (they’re really cute, okay?!), this latest installment in her Kohl’s line may just be the most adorable yet.
Drawing inspiration from the classic animated film, the clothes feature dainty foliage patterns and darling deer-prints. But Bambi’s not the only forest creature from the 1942 flick getting a little love, because how could you not include Thumper the rabbit or Flower the skunk? They’re both well represented in the collection though, with their own printed long-sleeved tees.
From leggings to crepe blouses and little frocks, the entire LC collection’s got something for every Bambi lover. Plus, it’s got a wallet-friendly appeal for everybody, with prices ranging from $24 to $64.
She’s basically cornered the market on adorable Disney-inspired lines (this is her third one, after all). And considering the overwhelming success she’s had with them thus far, we don’t anticipate that her designer prowess (or her love for Disney) to dissipate any time soon.
Ready to shop the latest LC goods? Well, you’re in luck—as of today, the entire Disney’s Bambi, a Collection by LC Lauren Conrad collection is available at Kohl’s both online and in-stores.
From E!Online/Style Fashion
Go behind the lens with one of the most enigmatic and fascinating characters of early animation: Herman Schultheis. On view from November 26 through January 12, 2015, The Lost Notebook: Secrets of Disney’s Movie Magic shares the special-effects wizardry behind Fantasia, Pinocchio, Dumbo, and Bambi, which was found in covert scrapbooks from this technician who worked at The Walt Disney Studios in the late 1930s. Additionally, this notebook has been turned into a 292-paged book with annotations, background information, and a biography on Schultheis. The Lost Notebook is written by John Canemaker and is now available at the Museum Store or online here.
See more at: http://www.waltdisney.org/lost-notebook#sthash.wqfPutjq.dpuf