On Thursday, Google celebrated the 108th birthday of renowned Chinese-American artist and illustrator Tire Wong by introducing it to the search engine Google Doodle for search engines.
Wong was born in China in 1910 and moved to the United States at the age of about eight.
Although he was a prolific artist and painter, he is best known as an animator and illustrator for the 1942 Disney film Bambi. The animated film influenced and shaped global opinion around the medium and led to the Disney films "The Jungle Book" and "The Lion King".
Wong's lavishly painted backgrounds for "Bambi" were inspired by the classical Chinese art of the Song Dynasty.
Wong was a lithographer, sketch artist, muralist, calligrapher, ceramist and dragonmaker. His paintings, typical of watercolors on canvas, hang in numerous museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago.
Despite his reputation today, Wong's influence on American art was recognized much later in life – a mistake that some observers have made to racial prejudice in the community at the time.
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Time Capsule: Larry Syverson, 69, has recently taken his photographs of a trip to Disneyland that he made in 1969, He was with his future wife Judy in college. Credit: Courtesy of Larry Syverson
In 2001, however, Wong was named a Disney legend for excellence in animated media. In 2013, Disney released a retrospective "Water to Paper, Paint to Sky" at the Family Museum in San Francisco, and two years later, Wong was awarded the San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Wong died in 2016 and practiced his art until his death.