Roy E. Disney R.I.P.

The Walt Disney Company announced today that Roy Disney has passed away. Click here for LA Times obit. Roy did his father and uncle proud. He was a true champion for the legacy of Disney animation — and he will be sorely missed.

UPDATE: The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences recorded this extensive (six part) interview with Roy for their Archive of American Television in 2007. Worth watching today.

Your comments are welcome below.


  • Michael E

    My prayers go out to the Disney family. Roy was a wonderful person in and out of the animation commity.

  • http://none Zack Mays

    Good Bye , rest in peace !!!

  • http://www.tresswygert.blogspot.com Tres Swygert

    I heard about it a while ago from Yahoo! News. I was devastated to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. He really did a wonderful job to keep the Disney name sacred. Thanks Roy for your hard work and passion.

  • JE

    A very sad day. He was one of the biggest reasons the company rebounded in the mid-80′s. In recent years, he seemed like the only Disney employee left that still cared about the company’s legacy.

    Hopefully, Disney will honor this man properly (they didn’t even mention Ollie Johnson’s death on the Disney channel). Anybody who loves the art of animation is in debted to Roy Disney, may he rest in peace.

  • Ted

    Well, at least he lived long enough to see “Princess and the Frog” come to fruition. Rest in Peace, man

  • joecab

    Poor Roy. Pretty sad to lose that last connection.

    I assumed that after he left Disney there were no remaining members of the family on the Disney board. Is that true?

  • http://www.smudge.biz Smudge

    Whereever you are Roy, thank you for watching over your Uncle and your Father’s legacy.

  • Steve Gattuso

    Thanks for everything, Roy. Uncle Walt would have been proud.

  • squirrel

    …….

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Saddest news I’ve just read now. I give my condolences to the family and those who wish him well.

  • http://lti.plixoft.com Lord Toon

    Truly a sad day…I will miss him.//

  • http://deleted OtherDan

    Sad and shocking because he seemed so healthy the last time I saw him…It was amazing just seeing the man-he clearly embodied both Roy and Walt Disney, though his demeanor was not as intimidating as I imagine his forebearers were. His spirit will be missed here in town. I’m thankful that “The Princess and The Frog” came out before this happened. I hope the movie lifted his spirits. Also, thankful that there is a new guard that hopefully will protect and preserve the Disney tradition now that Roy has passed on. Condolences to his family and friends.

  • Bob

    I met Roy a couple of times over my years at Disney, but my fondest memory was when I happened to be seated next to his wife at the short lived French 75 in Burbank. It was a few days after the return of Oswald to the company fold, so I leaned over and congratulated him on that. He lit up so enthusiastically, it was actually touching for an animation geek like myself.

  • http://www.mukpuddy.blogspot.com Mukpuddy

    very sad indeed! Destino is an amazing film, a true piece of art, and one that will live forever!!

  • http://okgrillo.blogspot.com Oscar Grillo

    The End of an Era.

  • http://www.segaltoons.com/ Steve Segal

    Roy Disney was a true champion of classic animation. He will be missed.

  • Inkan1969

    I’m shocked. My sympathies to his family, and to all his friends. :-(

  • http://chippyandloopus.com/ John S

    I wonderful man, and a true champion of animation. He will be missed.

  • Ethan

    My condolences to all his friends and family.

  • http://awprunes.wordpress.com Larry Levine

    Very sad news.

  • Adam VM

    My heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones.

  • TheGunheart

    And the world just got a little bit sadder. ;_;

  • http://www.ctnanimationexpo.com The Creative Talent Network (CTN)

    Bye for now but “we’ll see ya real soon!”

  • Paul J. Mular

    When we ran this story on our morning newscast I was shocked. It was a last minute addition to the script as we were on-air. I immediately went to the web to find more, but at the time it had not gotten posted. I then watched as my Google search page started updating with story after story.

    I hope his legacy can continue and those at Disney keep his (as well as Walt’s) vision going.

  • Dave

    My condolences to his fiends and family. Very grateful for all that Roy accomplished.

  • http://kirbydream.com/ Leirin

    This is still really hard for me to take in… sad day indeed.

    And the creepy thing is, before I go to sleep at night I often tell myself that tomorrow will be a good day. But somehow I had a feeling it wouldn’t be and told myself, for no reason, to prepare for a crisis of varying size next morning.

    It’s amazing that I was right. =/

  • http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=052C631F61EE2838 Iain

    Very sad.

    Hopefully there’ll be some stuff coming soon in dedication (probably a DVD with all the “Fantasia 2006″ shorts?)

  • Grayson

    My heart tore when I read this news. Roy did so much for his uncle’s legacy and always spoke of following his vision. A man like that is rare in animation today and I will miss him. R.I.P.

  • Geoff Gardner

    Almost 43 years to the day after his Uncle Walt died … thank you Roy for everything!!

  • http://weirdocorner.blogspot.com Eric Noble

    My condolences to his family. Well, at least he’s with his dad and Uncle Walt now.

  • MattSullivan

    Drat. One of the last living links to Walt himself. RIP and condolences to the Disney family.

  • JAMES EdWARD KENNEDY JR

    Such a surprise! I personally would like to thank Roy for helping to re-create Disney’s animation program. My thoughts go to the Disney family, in these times.

  • http://robcatview.blogspot.com robcat2075

    79 is not a bad run and he got to be witness to a lot of interesting history and make a personal contribution, but I’m sure he will be missed none-the-less.

  • http://anotherstinkincartoonblog.blogspot.com/ Jack G.

    Thank you Roy Disney for caring about Disney animation.
    Your father and uncle Walt must be real proud of your efforts.

    Best wishes to the Disney family.

  • Katella Gate

    I got to meet Roy under unusual circumstances: I was a technical expert on Dr. Ballard’s mission to explore the Lusitania wreck in the mid 1990s and Ballard had asked Roy and his gracious wife on board the research vessel as a guest. Roy’s resemblance to his uncle — his face, gestures, mannerisms, and voice — were simply uncanny. I got to speak to both at length, and they were so gracious and undemanding. Meeting Roy was definitely a highlight of my life; my thoughts go out to his widow at this difficult time.

    I am only happy to know he lived long enough to turn the company turned right-way around again … for a second time.

  • Greg Ehrbar

    A sad day indeed. Perhaps one way to celebrate Roy’s life might be to take a look at the film “Morning Light.” It’s about one of his personal passions: sailing. And it was the first and last feature film with the screen credit, “A Roy E. Disney Production.”

    The man, and his determination to keep Disney “Disney,” is a legacy that I’m sure we all hope will continue, out of respect for him, his elders and the quality they all stood for.

  • Jett

    Dear Roy,

    Thank you for fighting for animation. Thank you for saving your uncle’s legacy. TWICE.

  • Al

    Forty-three years and one day after Walt Disney left us.

  • Tony Bancroft

    Roy was a friend to animation and he will be missed. I had the oppurtunity to meet him and work with him over the years at Disney and he was the most approachable billionare you would ever meet. He really just wanted to be apart of the team not a boss. Although, he did understand his responsibilty to keep the name of Walt Disney alive in animation and he became the authorty of taste and brand control over the Disney animation label. We couldn’t have made the films we did in the 80′s and 90′s without him.

  • Jason Groh

    You fought for your Family Legacy and won the fight.
    You fought for Animation and won a thousand Animators Hearts.
    RIP Roy.

  • http://socata.net Dana Gabbard

    A few years ago I ended up siting next to a young associate of Mr. Disney. I took advantage of the opportunity to inquiry if Roy intended to write an auto-biography. He witnessed a heck of a lot of history and likely coud have related some interesting stories.The gentleman told me the idea had been broached a few times, but Roy showed no interest in doing so. My impression is he was modest about himself.

    I know I’ve heard when Carl Barks got a Disney Legends award he told Roy his memory of his studio days was how much Walt scared the employees. Roy with a chuckle confessed he knew exactly what Carl was talking about.

  • http://elekiddo.blogspot.com Alex Irish

    I learned it earlier today through Disney site ‘Laughing Place’ I read but didn’t believe it.

    Roy was arguably the glue that held the Disney Company together through the last 25 years. What will we do without him?

  • Donald C.

    Oh no. This has really been a bad day.

  • Danny R. Santos

    I was saddened, by his passing. He a leader in maintaing Disney animation going at the company. Lucky to have met him, my condolences to the family.

  • Paul N

    Roy’s passing is as saddening as the loss of Ward, Frank, Ollie, Chuck, Mel – and it’s probably because he meant as much to animation in his way as they did in theirs. Thanks for everything Roy.

  • http://goldenagecartoons.com Matthew Hunter

    Rest in peace, Roy!

  • Lee

    Very sad day. So strange that this happened so close to the date that Walt Disney passed away.

    My thoughts go out to the Disney family.

    We won’t be the same without you and you will be missed terribly.

    Rest in Peace, Roy.

  • Alex Curtis

    Thank you Roy, for fighting for our art form all your life. And thank you Ron, John, and the whole Princess and The Frog crew, for giving him a great send off.

    Rest in Peace.

  • http://sandorasan.blogspot.com/ Sandra Khoo

    Rest in peace,Roy Disney. Thanks for keeping it together.

  • http://ryuuseipro.deviantart.com/ John Paul Cassidy

    I was told this by a friend this afternoon. This is indeed very sad news. Roy was a hero for saving the company from going into a very dubious direction. I hope that Bob Iger, John Lasseter and others will keep his dream alive.

    Rest in Peace, Roy.

  • http://emiliegoulet.blogspot.com/ Emilie Goulet

    Thank you Mr Roy E. Disney for all you have given us…may you rest in peace!

    All my sympathies to his family and friends!

  • james madison

    RIP

  • Bugsmer

    This is too bad, though I’m sure that he lived a long and fruitful life. I hadn’t known much about the man until I began watching the True-Life Adventure DVDs, and his laid-back personality and willingness to teach left their mark on me. After watching the last of the DVDs, he didn’t feel like much of a stranger to me, and if he has that effect on somebody thousands of miles away, he must have made a tremendous impression on those he was closest to. Thank you, Mr. Disney.

  • http://tekena1200.deviantart.com/ Niki

    Oh shi– There’s nothing there to counter Michel Eisner.

  • http://www.taberanimation.com Taber Dunipace

    What a great impact he had on the family company! Thanks a lot Roy!

  • http://www.wilsonswain.com Wilson Swain

    My sympathies to family and friends!

  • David Breneman

    Oh my God, this is so sad. A friend of mine who was ferrying a boat to Hawaii was befriended by Roy at the marina, and he told me he spent one of the best evenings of his life as Roy’s guest on his boat. Roy printed a letter I wrote to him about his uncle on the main page of savedisney.com . He was the life and soul and conscience of the Disney Corporation in the darkest days of the Eisner years. Is there another family member to take his place? I fear there is not. Christmastime takes so many people from us. It really carried away a great one this year.

  • http://www.themissinglynxmovie.com Raul

    I had the honor to have met Roy Disney during my tenure at the studio, and he was an incredible man.
    The first time I was introduced to him during the making of Fantasia. Eric and Susan Goldberg brought Roy to my cubicle and I was so nervous that I knocked down my phone , not one but three times in a row. I was seriously starstrucked and somehow in my mind it played like one of those Jerry Lewis routines where trying to impress the man he ended up making a complete ass of himself.
    So there I was fumbling with the phone and strangling myself with the cord trying to sound half inteligent while Roy looked at me speachless and I am sure Eric and Sue were cracking up inside.
    Talking about first impressions!
    He will be missed.

  • http://www.bishopanimation.com Floyd Bishop

    This is sad news. I met Mr Disney once at an event in White Plains, NY. I had just gotten let go from Blue Sky, along with many other animator friends. We approached Mr Disney with the idea that perhaps we as a group could do some work for Disney. This was in 2002, when the future of the Disney/Pixar relationship was in question. Maybe we could do some production work, maybe pitch some film ideas… whatever. I stayed up late the night before the event, and typed up a nice letter, just in case I only had a brief time to talk to Roy. It was good that I did. He was wisked around the room so quickly, I had just enough time to introduce myself and hand him the letter. As I did, I mentioned “Ice Age”, and he told me that he enjoyed the film. He stuck the letter in his inside coat pocket and I never saw him again.

    A week later, we got a call from Baker Bloodworth’s assistant who said that Roy suggested Baker should meet with us. We flew out and pitched some animated film ideas. Now, they never bought anything from us, and we never did any production work for Disney Features, but that event kept me in animation, and allowed me to meet with many Disney artists, including spending a day with Frank and Ollie. The whole thing was very inspiring.

    Had it not been for that letter, and Roy following up, I may not still be in animation today.

    Thanks, Roy.

  • http://www.brucelaing.com Bruce Laing

    I can’t really add much more, but I do give the Disney family my deepest sympathies.

  • http://jackmunchproductions.blogspot.com/ Malcolm Thomas

    This has been a sad year for the entertainment industry. Roy has now joined the many who will not see the next decade.

  • http://olvesblog.blogspot.com/ Olve

    RIP :(

  • Rio

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Roy’s family. This is horrible news. I didn’t even know he was battling cancer.

  • Mike Johnson

    Roy accomplished so very much within the animation industry, as well as accomplishing so very much FOR the animation industry, and his legacy is as certain and as well-deserved as his uncle Walt’s. However, I can only speak as a fan in saying how much I enjoyed the fruits of his labor. As has been stated before, the resurgence of Disney animation in the 80′s was due in large part to him, and all of those films will continue to entertain generations of new fans, as long as this world may last.

    Though I never met the man, I feel the loss, and my condolences go out to his family and all who loved him. He cast a giant shadow, and his like will never be seen again.

  • Mike Gabriel

    I loved Roy. He made me feel like I was with Walt Disney due to his similar forthright honesty and integrity. He cared deeply for all his dad and uncle created and he was sure as hell going to make damn sure it was not ruined on his watch. He succeeded. One of my favorite memories of Roy: We went to Annecy on Roy’s private jet a few years ago for Lorenzo a short I directed with Roy and Don Hahn exec producing, Baker Bloodworth producing. The night after it screened we went to a dinner at a semi fancy restaurant, and they sat us out on an outdoor deck built around a large canopy banyon like tree. I remember sitting there with Roy Disney and Leslie Iwerks who was an Annecy judge that year, thinking wow how cool is this, sitting here having dinner with a Disney and an Iwerks. A farm boy from Kansas scratches his head and thinks how did I ever get to this wonderful place in my life? Just then as the evening gets to full tilt with drinks great conversation etc.. a full blown electrical storm comes blowing in from the very nearby mountain range about a mile away. The rain and lightning bolts start blasting away in full view to all of us out on the dining deck. We all start to get nervous as the rest of the restaurant outdoor deck diners all peel away and head indoors with each lightning bolt flashing in front of us across the valley. Even though every single local and tourist alike had run scared inside the restaurant, I will never forget how calm cool Roy just calmly told us all as he barely glanced out at the swirling gloomy dark clouds flashing bolt after bolt of lightning, “It won’t hit us, it’ll pass to the right.” I am sure al the locals must have thought we were insane sitting out there as if nothing was happening just talking and laughing and drinking more wine more wine more wine. Sure enough, the ol’ sailor called it dead on accurate. The storm came even closer, then drifted to the right and never dropped a drip of rain on us and we finished the meal without flinching thanks to the rock, Roy. Like I say, I loved Roy, and am so grateful for all the many memories of OUR disney.

  • Alfons Moline

    These are really sad news, not only because he was a man who really loved animation (and taught us to love it with him), but also because with him gone, the Disney legacy comes definitely to an end. I had the priviliege of greeting him briefly at the 2000 Annecy Animation Festival, It is said that during that festival, he met Richard Williams and talked him about helping him to restore ‘The Thief and the Cobbler’. I don´t know what happened to that project.
    Now, when seeing a new Disney movie, we will not just wonder ‘What would Walt have done?’ but ‘What would Walt AND Roy Jr. have done?’.

  • http://daryl-rhystaylor.blogspot.com Daryl T

    This is a sad day. His legacy will go down in the history books.

  • Kyle Maloney

    Man, I cant believe we lost both the voice of Mickey and Roy in the same year.

    There may not be any more family members on the board, but I’m wondering if anyone of them is capable and wants to help fill the void in any way.

  • http://virgiliovasconcelos.com Virgilio

    Sad news. Rest in peace, Mr. Disney.
    All my sympathies to his family and friends.

  • Dan

    Thank you Roy, thank you!

  • http://blissfulignorance551.deviantart.com/ A.J.

    Ican’t blieve it :< Farewell Friend ;(

  • http://www.michaelspornanimation.com/splog/ Michael Sporn

    I suggest everyone read Nikki Finke‘s commentary on Roy’s history on the board at the Disney of Eisner. It neatly encapsulates some daring work on Roy’s part to keep the Disney studio strong.

  • Lara Smith

    He was a hero of the art form. Thank you, sir.

    My condolences to his family and friends.

  • Maryam Taghibeigi

    Unbelievable! no one can be like him.

  • http://www.llynsplace.com Llyn Hunter

    My heart sank when I heard Roy passed away. When you are a small cog in the giant machine that is Disney, it was nice to know that there was someone like Roy around that really cared about keeping alive the “Magic” that has come from the studio the the armies of creative people that have worked there. He will be missed by many.

  • Brian Kidd

    This isn’t the kind of news I expected to wake up to. Through all of the less-than-special DTV sequels, Roy was there to help make sure the Treasures sets kept coming. He was always the face that made me thing, “It’s okay. There’s still a Disney there and he cares.” I’m just glad that he was able to see Lasseter and the other folks from Pixar come into the fold and make sure that the studio stayed on its feet. I didn’t know him personally, but I will miss him.

  • Christina

    RIP :’(

  • http://www.kohrtoons.com Robert Kohr

    Oh no, so sad :( What a champion of fine animation and fair labor!

  • http://Mrfunsblog Floyd Norman

    Way back in the sixties, Roy Disney put a note on the studio bulletin board because he had a movie camera for sale. I wanted to purchase the camera, but I was so nervous because I’d never even spoken to Roy before.

    Flash forward a few years, and now here’s Roy handing me my Disney Legends Award. The two young guys were now old men, but I’ll never forget that moment.

    Thanks, Roy.

  • http://www.inkwellimagesink.com Ray Pointer

    Whenever someone’s time is up, people cryout, “Oh, it’s the end of an era.” Aside from being such a cliche’, it makes one wonder why one should look at it this way? As one era ends, another emerges. The upside of the whole thing is that Roy stayed in there to
    protect the original core of the company and survived the controversial Michael Eisner era. In the long run, he won, and everyone is the better for his battle. His reward is the satisfaction of what he was able to accomplish and the memories he has left everyone.

  • http://cartoonelectro.wordpress.com Novid

    All I will say about this man is this. You Fought a Good Fight, Your Heart was in the right place.

    R.I.P.

  • http://invaderpetblog.blogspot.com Brandon

    I never knew he had stomach cancer. May he rest in peace.

    Thank you so much for helping out on the WDT DVDs!

  • http://www.stick-t-notes.blogspot.com/ Tanya

    Oh, wow…it’s almost hard to believe. It feels like just yesterday I was watching Roy’s little blurb before my favorite Disney films on VHS. Roy will be missed greatly, and I also agree with Ray Pointer – it’s time for a new era to emerge.

    Thanks to Roy, for furthering my Disney experience.

  • droosan

    Roy Disney is featured prominently in Don Hahn’s excellent documentary WAKING SLEEPING BEAUTY .. which may see a small theatrical release this spring. I highly recommend this film to anyone who has a chance to see it.

    ‘Godspeed’ Mr. Disney ..

  • Louie del Carmen

    He was the last bridge to the golden era. May he rest in peace.

  • http://cheekyentertainment.blogspot.com Craig Clark

    Rest in Peace Mr. Disney.

  • John A

    I met him once, before all the layoffs in 2002, I had alwayshoped that I would have a chance to see him again and thank him for bringing Disney Animation back. I’m glad he lived to see it all turn around. I hope they put a dedication somewhere in the credits for Princess and the Frog, either on the later reissues or on the DVD.

  • http://dailygrail.com/blog/8389 red pill junkie

    Descanse en Paz. And thank you for trying to continue with your uncle’s legacy.

  • bob kurtz

    roy was one of animation’s true heroes.

  • merlin jones

    “Branding is for Cows” – Excerpt from speech by Roy E. Disney (March 3, 2004)

    “The Walt Disney Company is more than just a business. It is an authentic American icon — which is to say that over the years it has come to stand for something real and meaningful and worthwhile to millions of people of all ages and backgrounds around the world.

    This is not something you can describe easily on a balance sheet, but it is tangible enough. Indeed, it is the foundation on which everything we have accomplished as a company — both artistically and financially — is based.

    I believe our mission has always been to be bringers of joy, to be affirmers of the good in each of us, to be — in subtle ways — teachers. To speak, as Walt once put it, “not to children but to the child in each of us.”

    We do this through great storytelling, by giving our guests a few hours in another world where their cares can be momentarily put aside, by creating memories that will remain with them forever.

    This is the core of what we’ve come to call “Disney,” and to my mind, our single biggest need is to get back to that core.

    In my view, the essence of who we are lies in the business of film — especially animation — and the stories, characters, music, and humor that well-made films generate. This is the engine that drives the train, and everything we do as a company basically flows from it.

    You will note that I refer to our film work as a business. Whatever else it may be, it is always that as well — a business that needs to be run on a sound basis by people who are sensible as well as sensitive.
    My Dad was quoted once as saying, “It’s easy to make decisions, once you know what your values are.” Unfortunately, our corporate values have been compromised in recent years.

    In large part, this is the result of a cynical management’s belief that, in the absence of ideas, the road to success is to cut back on everyone and everything that once made you successful, that you don’t really need to give your guests value for money, that creativity and originality are luxuries you can no longer afford … that art and artists are commodities to be bought and sold like any other office supply.

    To me, the wrong-headedness of these beliefs is self-evident.

    The creative process is the lifeblood of the Disney Company. If it is to thrive, we must do everything possible to establish an environment in which it can once again flourish.

    Creativity is a funny thing — difficult to quantify, but obvious when it’s missing. It’s a living, breathing force with a life of its own, and it tends to flower among individuals or small groups. It doesn’t always show up on demand … or at convenient times or places. And it often gets killed by committees or by something called strategic planning. So we need to always be on the lookout for ways to nurture it, and not let it be trampled by a lowest-common-denominator mentality.

    One of creativity’s worst enemies is something I call “Institution Think.” This is a very tricky issue. After all, Disney is an institution. But that doesn’t mean it has to think like one.

    Let me tell you about the danger of Institution Think: It is often said that our company’s most valuable asset is the Disney name. You’ll get no argument from me. I kind of like the name myself. But, in recent times, there’s been a tendency to refer to it as the “Disney brand.” To me, this degrades Disney into a “thing” to be bureaucratically managed, rather than a “name” to be creatively championed. And lately I’ve been seeing Mickey receive this treatment too, as well as Pooh and a lot of others.

    As I’ve said on other occasions, branding is something you do to cows. It makes sense if you’re a rancher, since cows do tend to look alike. It’s also useful to lots of businessmen, and they brand things like detergents or shoes for almost the same reason as ranchers. Branding is what you do when there’s nothing original about your product.

    But there is something original about our products. Or at least there used to be. Our name already means something to consumers.
    I really believe that if we keep thinking of Disney as a “brand,” we will lose all the meaning that has been built into those six letters for more than three-quarters of a century. We need to get back to thinking of it as a “name” that needs to be prized and enhanced, escape the clutches of Institution Think and resume our trajectory of creative and financial success.

    How did the Disney Company create enormous shareholder value in the past? Two ways: first by trusting the talents and imagination of its creative people — and then by supporting them with the resources they required.

    I don’t care what current management may tell you. The plain fact is, you can’t fool all the people all the time. Nor can you succeed in our business by trying to get by on the cheap. Consumers know when they are getting value for their money, and they know when you’re trying to sell them second-hand goods.

    So what kind of change do we need to make? It’s really quite simple. We need to install a new management team, one that understands and believes in the enormously valuable legacy that’s been entrusted to us.

    Speaking as someone with the last name of “Disney,” it is my firm belief that we are not a commodity. As long as we continue to believe in the power of creative ideas, then our best years still lie ahead.”

    – – Roy E. Disney

  • http://www.classicparamountcartoons.blogspot.com ParamountCartoons

    Now all of the immediate family that work for the company is gone. Great, just great. Now the company will be more stupider without him.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/ariville/ Ariel

    Rest in peace Roy. My sincerest simpathies for the Disney family.

    This is truly a sad day :(

    I wish the kindom will forever live, with the same love and attention that both Roy and Walt gave.

  • http://markpudleiner.blogspot.com/ pudleiner

    Thanks for posting that Merlin Jones.
    A Great truthful speech from the heart.
    r.i.p. Roy.

  • http://gavinscartoons.blogspot.com Gavin

    I have never met him but I know this is a great loss for animation and for history. He’s really was one of the last of the Disney’s around. God bless him.

    One really creepy note of Disney Death dates:
    Lillian December 16, 1997

    Roy D (Sr) December 20, 1971

    Roy Jr December 16, 2009

    Walt Disney December 15, 1966

    Notice a pattern?

  • dave Smith

    well… whatcha gonna do? oh yeah…. see frog princess and love all the talent and innovation!

  • http://deleted OtherDan

    Just finished watching this video interview you posted-it’s lengthy! 6/6 videos! But, it was great. And, kind of a tell-all. He explains his perspective of Walt and Roy’s relationship through Eisner’s reign and even up to Iger and nearly the present. Ultimately, he talks about the values and defines what the company did and should stand for. If you’re interested, it’s worth watching the whole thing.

  • Professor Pantsalong

    I wish I could have seen Disney history unfold from Roy Jr.’ eyes during those classic times of animation development. My respect for the guy really came to fore when he was there fighting for Disney during Eisner’s last days and pushing to get Destino finished. I love that short!

    Sorry to hear this news.

  • Michael Grabowski

    Very sad that he is gone. For myself, I am grateful that his return to Disney this decade brought about the very nice DVDs of the True-Life Advanture films. That’s a piece of Disney history that Roy played a part in making the first time, and his own appearances on the discs displayed his joy at their new release. RIP.

  • http://www.rudyagresta.com Rudy Agresta

    I just watched the entire 6 part Roy Jr. interview on Youtube. All I can say is that I am sorry I never had the priviledge of meeting Roy Jr. His passion and promotion for good moral values, not just within the Disney company and in film making, but with all of life, will always serve as a guide for my professional development. He certainly inherited and and built upon from both Walt and Roy Sr. what is sorely lacking in today’s society.

    I offer my heartfelt sympathy to Roy Jr’s family and to the current Disney organization. Hopefully his, along with his uncle and father’s guiding light will continue to shine upon us all from the other side.

  • Pedro Nakama

    Roy would go to the union Christmas party and talk to all of the production people. For a billionaire he was a pretty down to earth guy.

  • Rick Farmiloe

    I love Mike Gabriel’s story! Imagine the power of that man to avert a lightening storm by sheer will power!! I was an animator starting to work on THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE and wondering if it would be the very last Disney Animated Feature. Roy stepped in in and literally save the life of the animation department…..and infused new life and enthusiasm in all of us. We went on to make some pretty great films…..none of which would have been possible without his leadership. He was always a very approachable man, and always friendly to all of us. Many years later when the animation department was seemingly on it’s last legs again!…..Roy once again spearheaded a change in management and the department once again flourished. I’ll never forget how the room lit at the union Christmas party when he made an appearance. It was at the beginning of his fight to save the department again. He made a nice speech and got teared up at the overwhelming love and affection of the throngs of animation people towards him. His ties to Walt and the quality and integrity that name stood for was something he took very seriously. It was an honor to have been lucky enough to work with and know him. His contribution to Disney animation and helping to usher in the 2nd Golden Age is something that will be long remembered. His name will be forever linked with excellence. He played a major part in keeping Walt and Roy’s dream alive, and making Disney Animation the standard of excellence it remains to this day. Rest in Peace, Roy. You were one of the BEST!!

  • http://yeldarb86.deviantart.com Mr. Semaj

    “One really creepy note of Disney Death dates:
    Lillian December 16, 1997

    Roy D (Sr) December 20, 1971

    Roy Jr December 16, 2009

    Walt Disney December 15, 1966

    Notice a pattern?”

    Adding to it, Roy’s mother, Edna Francis died on December 18, 1984.

  • Richard Kish

    I have only cried for two other “celebrities”…those that not only affected my life, but the genre that they represented. John Lennon and Frank Zappa.

    You are in a better place…you will be terribly missed.