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Roy E. Disney passes away

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Roy E. Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney, died today at the age of 79. He was battling stomach cancer and passed away in Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, CA.

Born in 1930, when Roy was just a boy he would play in the hallways of his uncle's studio, sometimes right outside the offices where animators were busy working on the next animated movie. Often his Uncle Walt would invite the playing child in to see what people were working on and ask for the advice of him to see if a sequence being produced was amusing enough or captured the right essence for a child to enjoy it.

When Roy grew up he entered the entertainment business like his uncle, at first working outside the Walt Disney company before moving into an executive position in 1953. He remained at the company where a reputation soon built that the nephew of the company's founder wasn't a yes man. In fact, Roy Disney spoke his mind often enough that he was labeled a threat by those whose policies he disagreed with. To those working in Disney who liked what Roy had to say he was considered the company's conscience.

In 1977 Disney resigned from the company after getting into a stalement with its then chief executive, Ronald Miller. After the studio floundered with both its live-action and animated movies, Disney then played a hand in getting the company's board to ask for the resignation of Miller. He then rejoined the company in 1984 and played a major part in bringing about the second golden age of Disney animation, leading the way for the development of such movies as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. However, when the company began to falter again in its creative path Disney went public once again, asking for the dismissal of Michael Eisner. Disney resigned a second time in 2003. When Eisner departed the company in 2005 Disney once again returned back to his home. where he stayed as a consultant for his remaining days.

Roy Disney is survived by his second wife, four children from an earlier marriage and 16 grandchildren. John Lasseter, the chief creative officer for Disney and director of the first two Toy Story films, said this in a statement about Disney's passing: "He was a great man who believed deeply in the art of animation. He put his heart and soul into preserving Disney's legendary past, while helping to move the art of animation into the modern age by embracing new technology."

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