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The life and work of pioneering Chinese American artist. Tyrus would overcome a life of poverty, racism, and discrimination to become a renowned painter and Hollywood sketch artist. Tyrus's eastern influenced paintings caught the eye of Walt Disney and became the inspiration for the classic animated feature Bambi. His artwork was also found in other Hollywood films, as well as greeting cards, dinnerware, kites, and fine art.
Publisher: Arlington, VA : PBS Distribution, [2018]
ISBN: 9781531703127
Branch Call Number: DVD 700.92 WONG TYRUS 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 80 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
video file,DVD video,region 1


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Sep 23, 2019

Watched this on PBS in 2017 and fascinated by the long life of accomplishments and joy he brought to the world before passing on in 2016 at 106 years old. Takeaways:

-Best known for his work on the 1942 animated Disney classic “Bambi.”

-When he was 9 years old, he left Canton (Guangzhou) in 1919 and arrived in San Francisco with his father, and never saw his mother again.

-The Wong's eventually settled in Los Angeles. His father encouraged him to practice calligraphy. Since they couldn’t afford ink or drawing paper, he’d dip his brush in water, and draw characters on old newspapers.

-Tyrus attended art school, where he studied art during the day and worked there as a janitor at night.

-He joined the Walt Disney Studio in 1938, drawing the frames “in between” the animator’s key drawings, and began a long and celebrated career as an animator, set designer or storyboard artist in the film industry.

-He also created fine art, top-selling Christmas cards and paintings to decorate dinnerware.

-In 2001 he was named a Disney Legend. And in 2013, the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco mounted a retrospective of his artwork.

-After retiring in 1968, he continued to share his art with the world by creating whimsical kites… flying butterflies, flocks of birds and more than 100 foot-long centipedes --- > "Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art Of Tyrus Wong."


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