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The Disney artist behind 'Bambi' died at the age of 106


Legendary Disney artist Tyrus Wong had a gift for evoking incredible feeling in his art with simple, gestural composition.
The Walt Disney Family Museum

The artist best-known for his work on the Walt Disney animated feature "Bambi" died Friday, according to The Walt Disney Family Museum. 

Although you may not know his name, the world will never forget the work of Tyrus Wong. He was 106. 

Wong's start with Disney

Wong launched his career in 1938 when he became an entry-level animator, drawing hundreds of sketches of Mickey Mouse, according to a statement from The Walt Disney Family Museum

When Wong heard the studio was in pre-production for the animated feature "Bambi," he went home and painted multiple small, evocative pictures of a deer in a forest. 

It didn't take long for the sketches to capture the attention of Walt Disney, who used them as the basis for the film's visual style. 

"Walt Disney saw that Tyrus was able to produce exquisite artwork that did not necessarily look like the forest -- but rather, felt like the forest," the museum explained. "Walt’s vision for Bambi and use of Tyrus’ work still influences films today." 

Wong left his job at Disney in 1941 and headed to Warner Brother's where he worked for 26 years until he retired in 1968. 

TYRUS Trailer

In 2001, Wong was inducted into the "Disney Legend" hall of fame. 

The Chinese-American artist's life and legacy was captured in the 2015 documentary "TYRUS," according to CNN.

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