Tyrus Wong, the spiritual father of Bambi, at 106 years of age died. His drawings were the inspiration for the famous animated film from Disney in 1942.
American media write about his death on the basis of a message on the Facebook page of Wong and a message from The Walt Disney Family Museum.
Wong emigrated at a young age with his father from China to California. His mother and sister remained in China behind. In 1938 began Wong as a draftsman at the Walt Disney Studios , where he first hundreds of sketches he made of Mickey Mouse. But his big breakthrough came with his drawings for “Bambi”, the story about the hertenjong that his mother loses.
At the time that Bambi is released (1942) had Wong made the switch to Warner Brothers. There he stayed as a production illustrator for several decades to work until his retirement in 1968. Wong was also then active as an artist and he designed include toys and christmas cards for Hallmark. In 2001, Wong included in the list of Disney Legends.