Disney VFX Pioneer Peter Ellenshaw Passes Away
Among his many projects at Disney, Ellenshaw made major artistic contributions to the television shows DAVY CROCKETT and ZORRO, and such classic feature films as THE SWORD IN THE ROSE, THE STORY OF ROBIN HOOD AND HIS MERRIE MEN, THIRD MAN ON THE MOUNTAIN, SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON, THE LOVE BUG and BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS. Although he officially retired from the studio in 1979 but returned years later to paint several matte paintings for the 1990 film, DICK TRACY. He was designated a "Disney Legend" in 1993.
In addition to his career in the motion picture industry, Ellenshaw became known as one of the finest marine artists of the past century known not only for his dramatic seascapes but his elegant Irish landscapes and vivid oils of the Himalayas and Monet's garden at Giverny.
Ellenshaw's beloved wife of 58 years, Bobbie, passed away in 2000. He is survived by his two children, Lynda Ellenshaw Thompson (an industry veteran visual effects producer) and Harrison Ellenshaw (a visual effects artist who was an Oscar nominee for THE BLACK HOLE, matte supervisor on STAR WARS: EPISODES IV and V and visual effects supervisor for TRON), as well as his two grandchildren, Michael and Hilary.
Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Direct Relief International, Santa Barbara, California.