CINEMA SUNDAY: Painting the world of Disney’s “Bambi”

Art director Tyrus Wong’s impressionistic style defined the innovative look of Walt Disney’s classic animated film “Bambi” released in 1942. A new documentary about him called “Tyrus” by Pamela Tom is being featured by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) during its film festival. The film includes stories of his artistic achievement at Disney, as well as his earlier  difficult arrival in the United States with his father through Angel Island in 1910 when the Chinese Exclusion Act was still in effect.

 Trailer for “Tyrus” documentary by Pamela Tom

Original trailer of “Bambi” in 1942

Learn more:

  • [Center for Asian American Media] “Tyrus” Film Shines the Spotlight on the Chinese American Behind “BAMBI”: “Wong is a lively presence onscreen. In interviews spanning twenty years, he recounts anecdotes both bitter and sweet. His story is a quintessential American tale of transformation.” Read more
  • [Tyrus: The Movie] About The Film: “The film explores his formative years as a young WPA artist and the influence of Sung Dynasty art on his work. At 105, Tyrus continues to live the life of an artist.” Read more
  • [Walt Disney Family Museum] Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong: “Overcoming adversity, poverty, and racial discrimination, Wong used his passion and interpretation of the bold art of the Sung dynasty, and his experience working as a Depression- era muralist, California watercolorist, and film production illustrator, to become one of the bohemian artists whose creativity and drive helped shape the cultural, artistic life of Los Angeles during the 1930s and 40s” Read more
  • [Wall Street Journal / YouTube] Artist Tyrus Wong and Disney’s ‘Bambi’

Photo: Screenshot from “Tyrus” trailer

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