Cy Young (animator)

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Cy Young
Yang Sih-yeh (楊錫冶)

(1897-03-07)March 7, 1897
DiedJanuary 16, 1964(1964-01-16) (aged 66)
Cause of deathBarbiturate overdose
Burial placeChapel of the Pines Crematory
Other namesS.Y. Young
Sy Young
Years active1920-1946
Known forWork on Disney films
(m. 1934; div. 1935)

Roberta "Betty" Cole
(m. 1935)

Cyrus "Cy" Young (simplified Chinese: 杨左匋; traditional Chinese: 楊左匋; March 7, 1897 [1] – January 16, 1964[2]) was a Chinese-American special effects animator, best known for his work for The Walt Disney Company.[3]

Young was brother of Chinese politician Yang Qianli (father of Hong Kong director Evan Yang), Architect Yang Xiliu(S. J. Young), Entrepreneur Yang Xiren and Yang Renlan (mother of sociologist Fei Xiaotong).[4] He had works in China called Pause and New Year.[5] Young's first work in United States was as lead animator on the 1931 short "Mendelssohn's Spring Song", a project completed while he was a student in New York City. Disney was so impressed with his work that he hired him to be head of the new special effects animation department and he partnered with animator Ugo D'Orsi.

Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston wrote in their book Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life; "Through the entire thirties, the entire Effects Department consisted of only two men: Ugo D'Orsi, a straightforward, stubborn, and dedicated Italian, and Cy Young...quiet and sensitive...who loved to play the bass fiddle as a hobby." Thomas and Johnston added, "Since [D'Orsi and Young] did most of the careful work themselves, they needed only a single assistant between them." The department's first major project was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.[3] Young also provided the delicate visual design of the woods and meadows in Bambi. He also worked on Fantasia[3] and Dumbo.[3]

Young left the studio after the 1941 Disney animators' strike and worked as a staff artist and clerk at the Air Force, where he worked on various projects. He committed suicide by barbiturate overdose in January 1964.[6]


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  2. ^ Zeng, Run; Yin, Fujun (2014). "中国首位动画专家杨左匋生卒年考" [A textual research about Cy Young's birth and death year]. Film Art (in Chinese) (6): 137–142.
  3. ^ a b c d "The New York Times". Archived from the original on 2016-02-01. Retrieved 2017-03-04.
  4. ^ 同里骄杨 (in Chinese)
  5. ^ Yin, Fujun (2013). "万氏兄弟早期动画作品《舒振东华文打字机》创作时间及相关问题" [Some problem about Wan brother's early animation work Shuzhendong Chinese Typewriter]. Journal of Chengdu University(Social Sciences) (in Chinese) (01). 而杨左匋在1923年创作的《暂停》及《过年》两部动画短片是中国最早的动画片,中国动画诞生于1923年。
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