[Republished from FilmEdge.net article on December 16, 2009]
FilmEdge joins many animation fans around the world in mourning the death of Roy E. Disney, who championed the artform of animated feature films amid takeover threats and regime changes at the Walt Disney Company.
Nephew of Walt Disney, son of Roy O. Disney, the younger Roy was the last direct member of the Disney family to be actively involved in the company his father and uncle founded. A leading force in the revitalization of feature animation through the 1980s-90s, Roy E. Disney put the studio’s legacy back on track with the production of THE LITTLE MERMAID in 1989, beginning an unprecedented string of box office hits including BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ALADDIN and THE LION KING.
Disney received two Oscar nominations in his career which began at the studio in 1953 as an assistant film editor. An avid sailor and winner of several Transpac boating races, Disney also founded the Shamrock Holdings investment company in 1978. According to a Walt Disney Company statement, Roy E. Disney passed away Wednesday morning at age 79 after a year-long battle with stomach cancer. His creative and business legacy will live on well past this day. FilmEdge.net offers our condolences to the Disney family and shares sadness with fellow fans worldwide.