Thursday, February 15, 2007

Disney Legend Peter Ellenshaw Dies at 93

The great Disney artist and special effects designer Peter Ellenshaw has passed away at 93.

Ellenshaw created matte paintings and special effects for many Disney movies, including 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, DARBY O'GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE, and THE ABSENT-MINDED PROFESSOR. He received an Academy Award for his work on MARY POPPINS; he created 102 paintings for that film.

Ellenshaw also helped design rides for Disneyland and painted the first map of the park.

Ellenshaw's son, Harrison Ellenshaw, is also a well-known special effects artist who made significant contributions to the original STAR WARS (A NEW HOPE) and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.

You can visit the official Ellenshaw family site,, to see examples of their work.


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