It’s been a mixed few years for Roy Disney, nephew of the legendary Walt Disney. He was unceremoniously kicked off the Disney board, later to see his nemesis Michael Eisner publicly rebuked by shareholders and pressured to finally retire. But things are certainly going his way now that Eisner is gone and Bob Iger and the Pixar team are (hopefully) making some positive changes at the Mouse house.
But the Italians love Disney unreservedly. And they’ve awarded Roy lifetime achievement award at the 10th Cartoons on the Bay Festival. Disney’s career began as an assistant film editor in 1954. Disney, who produced Fantasia 2000, the sequel to his uncle ‘s 1940 classic Fantasia, remains as the Walt Disney Company’s director emeritus.
Before the award ceremony, there was a rare screening of the eight-minute film Destino, the unlikely 1946 collaboration between Spanish surrealist painter Salvatore Dali and Walt Disney, which was completed by Roy in 2003. Disney announced that the short will be released along with documentary footage as a DVD later this year.