Peter Ellenshaw (1913-2007)

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CartoonBrew is reporting that Peter Ellenshaw passed away yesterday in Santa Barbara. Ellenshaw was born in England and learned his trade as a matte artist from some of the best in the film industry. He then joined the British Royal Air Force during WWII as a pilot. After the war, Ellenshaw joined the Walt Disney Studios in the 1940s working on Treasure Island and, after moving to California, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

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He worked on over 34 films over 30 years for the Walt Disney Company and developed a huge following as a painter beyond his work in film. He also contributed to many attractions at Disneyland. His glow in the dark aerial painting of early Disneyland has always been a favorite of mine. You can see it at the Disneyland Hotel.

But Ellenshaw is perhaps best known for his work as a Matte Artist on Mary Poppins, for which he won an Academy Award. Not a scene was shot outdoors in that film, it was all the amazing talent of Ellenshaw that convinced viewers they were seeing the real thing. In 1993, Ellenshaw was made a Disney Legend.

My condolences to the Ellenshaw family. The world has lost another great one. 

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