Thursday, February 15, 2007

Peter Ellenshaw, 1913-2007

By Steve Lee

I was very sad to hear of the passing of artist and visual effects genius Peter Ellenshaw. He died Monday (2/12) in Santa Barbara at the age of 93.

Born in England, he joined the Disney Studios in 1947. He will be most remembered for creating many brilliant matte paintings seen in films such as "Treasure Island," "20, 000 Leagues Under the Sea," "Swiss Family Robinson," "Darby O'Gill and the Little People," "The Black Hole" and "Dick Tracy." His memorable work in "Mary Poppins" won him an Oscar.

But probably my most favorite single piece of work he was responsible for was the concept painting that was used on television by Walt Disney to introduce the world his theme park, Disneyland.

Ellenshaw is survived by his son Harrison (a brilliant effects artist as well), a daughter, and two grandchildren. My sympathies and warmest wishes go out to them.


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