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Walt Peregoy (1925-2015)

Walt Peregoy (1925-2015)

The Disney Animation Research Library has tweeted that veteran animation artist Walt Peregoy has passed away.

Edited from Wikipedia: Alwyn Walter “Walt” Peregoy was a color stylist and background artist in animated cartoons. Among the studios he worked at were Walt Disney Productions 1951-1964, 1974–1983, Format Films and Hanna-Barbera. At the age 17 Peregoy dropped out of high school and went to work for Disney as an in-betweener. After the war, Peregoy resumed his career with The Walt Disney Studios, serving as a designer and animator on Peter Pan (1952) and Lady and the Tramp (1955). Peregoy was lead background painter on Sleeping Beauty (1959), and contributed to The Sword in the Stone (1963), Mary Poppins (1964) and finally The Jungle Book (1967). 

In the late 1960s Peregoy worked at Format Films, and spent several years at Hanna-Barbera. He returned to Disney (WED Enterprises in 1977 thru 1983), contributing his unique view to the design of Epcot Center in Florida.

Along with Marc Davis, Eyvind Earle and Joshua Meador, Peregoy was one of the featured artists in Disney’s Four Artists Paint One Tree documentary. You can see him, introduced by Walt Disney, at 5:40 in the video embed below:

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