The iconic Disney Feature Animation building in Burbank, Calif. (the one with the big, blue Sorcerer Mickey hat) will be dedicated to and named for the late Roy E. Disney in a ceremony on Friday, May 7 at 4:30 p.m.
Those invited to the ceremony include Disney legends, employees – and even a limited number of D23 members.
The tribute to Roy will be hosted by Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger, film producer Don Hahn, and Roy E. Disney’s son, Roy Patrick Disney.
After the ceremony, D23 will put on two screenings of films that Roy E. Disney worked one: the 1957 “true-life fantasy” Perri and Fantasia/2000. Also shown will be the Academy Award-nominated short film Lorenzo. The screenings will take place in the 400-seat Studio Theatre on the Walt Disney Studios lot.
A limited number of tickets will be available for D23 members to this special D23 Tribute to Roy E. Disney. Admission is open only to D23 Members in good standing plus one guest. Tickets will be available online at www.disney.com/D23 on Friday, April 23.
From 1984 to 2003, Roy E. Disney was vice-chairman of Disney’s board of directors and head of Disney Animation, where he helped to guide the Studio to a new golden age of animation with an unprecedented string of artistic and box office successes, including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King.
He executive produced Fantasia/2000, a sequel to the 1940 Disney classic, and served in a similar capacity on a number of recent animated shorts, including the 2004 Oscar®-nominated Destino, based on storyboards and original art by Salvador Dali. He also was involved in a number of award-winning nature-film projects during his 56-year association with The Walt Disney Company. He passed away on Dec. 16, 2009.