Today is Disney Legend Tyrus Wong's 108th birth anniversary and Google is celebrating the Chinese-American artist and illustrator's birthday with a colourful and artistic doodle. The Google doodle which is accompanied by a video shows Tryus' creatives since his childhood and how he kept creating art until his old age. Wong was born in Wong Gen Yeo, Guangdong Province of China on October 25, 1910. He immigrated to the United States with his father at the age of nine.
Upon arrival in America, he was barred entry due to the Chinese Exclusion Act, eventually, he settled in Los Angeles where he attended school. The artist in him got him a scholarship opportunity at the Otis Art Institute. Wong was a talented animator, calligrapher, set designer and a muralist. He has worked on some of Disney's popular works including Bambi. Google Honours Lachhu Maharaj, the Tabla Maestro With a Doodle on His 74th Birth Anniversary.
He worked at the Warner Brothers Studios as a production assistant for 26 years. However, the effects of the Chinese Exclusion Act and racism followed throughout his career. With no much recognition for his work, Wong in the later years became a Hallmark greeting card designer and a talented kite-maker. Many of his works were displayed in exhibitions alongside Picasso and Matisse.
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It was in 2001 Wong was acknowledged for his work with Disney giving him the honour of a Disney Legend - for outstanding contribution. In 2015, the San Diego Asian Film Festiva gave him the Lifetime Achievement Award. The same year filmmaker Pamela Tom wrote and directed a film about Tyrus Wong's life titled Tyrus and it went on to win several accolades. He died in 2016 at the age of 106 and by that time, his artworks were world popular.