Google pays tribute to Tyrus Wong, creator of iconic cartoon character ‘Bambi’ on his 108th birth anniversary through a doodle. Chinese-born Wong was a man of many qualities like animation, painting, calligraphy, mural making, ceramics, lithography, kite making, set designing and storyboard artistry.
Born on October 25 1910, as Wong Gen Yeo in the Guangdong Province of China, he immigrated to USA with his father at the age of 9. That was the last time he saw his mother and sister. They faced the Chinese Exclusion Act and settled in Los Angeles, California. His teachers soon noticed his artistic capabilities & talent that brought him a scholarship at Otis Art Institute.
After graduation, his artistic talent took him to Hollywood where he worked with Disney and created his most iconic piece, ‘Bambi’ and several other works. For 26 years, he was the production assistant at Disney and Warner Brothers Studios. His several other mature works were showcased alongside works of the likes of Picasso and Matisse but his true acknowledgement came after Disney bestowed the title of legend for the creation of ‘Bambi’.
Wong passed away in 2016 at the age of 106. By this time the world had fully recognised the artistic competencies of this true legend.