Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Did you know...January 10, 1930 Roy Edward Disney is Born

On January 10, 1930 Edna and Roy O. Disney became proud parents of a baby boy whom they named Roy Edward Disney.  He practically grew up in the Disney Studios, starting  work at for his Uncle Walt right after graduating college in 1951 as an assistant director.  We all know that led to a longtime career as a Senior Executive for Disney, and it has often been said that Roy looked back to Disney's past to define the company's future.

"The thing that distinguishes us from everybody else, and always has and always will. is our past.  The goal is to look over our shoulder and see Snow White and Pinocchio and Dumbo standing there, saying, 'Be this good.'  We shouldn't be intimidated by them; they're an arrow pointing someplace."   Roy E. Disney

True to his word, Roy literally combined the Disney Company's  past and the future when Fantasia 2000 went into production.  His Uncle Walt had planned a sequel to 1940's Fantasia, but it never came to fruition, that is until Roy brought it back to life in 1990 (it took 9 years to complete) as executive producer.

 Roy E. Disney received many honors in his lifetime. January 4, 1998 Pope John Paul II made him a Knight Commander of the Pontifical Order of St. Gregory the Great.  He received an honorary doctorate from the California Maritime Academy (he was an accomplished sailor), in April 2008.  On May 7, 2010, the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank rededicated the "Roy E. Disney Animation Building" with Mickey, Roy Patrick Disney, Bob Iger and Don Hahn in attendance.  But I think Roy may have been most proud of being named a Disney Legend in 1998.

Roy passed away on December 16, 2009 after a year long battle with stomach cancer. His ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean.  He was 79 years old.

Have a Magical Day!
Donna Kay

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