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Legendary Dis artist Peter Ellenshaw dies

15 February 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Peter Ellenshaw, the visual effects pioneer and matte artist who won an Oscar for Mary Poppins and worked his magic on other live-action Disney classics like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Treasure Island, died Monday at his home in Santa Barbara. He was 93.

Ellenshaw, a painter known for his dramatic seascapes and elegant Irish landscapes, was hand-picked by Walt Disney to serve on the studio's creative team. He painted the iconic first map of Disneyland that was featured on all the early postcards and souvenir booklets.

Ellenshaw began his association with Disney in 1947 when he was tapped to work on the studio's first live-action film, Treasure Island (1950), and he continued working there until his retirement in 1979 following The Black Hole. He came out of retirement to do several matte paintings for the 1990 film Dick Tracy.

Other Disney films on which Ellenshaw worked included "Darby O'Gill and the Little People" (1959), The Sword in the Rose (1953), "The Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men" (1952), The Love Bug (1968), The Island on Top of the World (1974) and Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971). »

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