Bob Iger, president and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, has announced that the Feature Animation building in Burbank, California, will be renamed to include Roy E. Disney's name-a nod to the late Disney legend whose career included more than 56 years with the Company.
The announcement was maded at a "life celeration" for Roy E. Disney at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, on what would've been Roy E. Disney's 80th birthday on January 10,2010. Roy E. Disney passed away Decemeber 16,2009 from stomach cancer.
Roy E. Disney began his career at The Walt Disney Studios in 1954, working as an assistant editor on the successful True-Life Adventure films, including The Living Desert and The Vanishing Prairie, both of which won Academy Awards, and later wrote and co-produced Mysteries of the Deep, which received a 1959 Oscar nomination. Roy E.Disney also wrote for television series such as "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" and "Zorro."
In 1984, Roy E. Disney became the head of the animation department, with his credits including work on Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Fantasia 2000 and Destino.