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Tyrus Wong, whose art inspired Disney's Bambi, dies at 106

Tyrus Wong, the Chinese-American artist whose work inspired Disney's Bambi, died Friday, his Facebook page announced. He was 106.

Wong's family emigrated from China when he was 9, settling in California. He attended Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and began work as an animator in 1938. Wong's distinctive, dreamy style captured Walt Disney's interest in the early stages of development for 1942's Bambi and determined the film's aesthetic.

Wong later worked for Warner Brothers and continued painting in his retirement. A documentary about his life was released in 2014.