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Roy Disney Dies

December 16, 2009

Roy Disney, the son and nephew of The Walt Disney Co. founders, died today at the age of 79 after a long bout with stomach cancer.

From the Associated Press:

Although he generally stayed out of the spotlight, Roy Disney didn’t hesitate to lead a successful campaign in 1984 to oust Walt Disney’s son-in-law after concluding he was leading the company in the wrong direction.

Nearly 20 years later, he launched another successful shareholders revolt, this time against Michael Eisner, the man he’d helped bring in after the previous ouster.

Disney, born in 1930, had practically grown up with the company. His uncle Walt Disney and his father, Roy O. Disney, had co-founded the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio seven years before, later renaming it The Walt Disney Co.

Two years before he was born, the company gave birth to its iconic cartoon character, Mickey Mouse. While Walt was the company’s creative genius, his brother was the one in charge of the company’s finances.

From CNN:

Roy Edward Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney, died Wednesday after a yearlong battle with stomach cancer, according to a Walt Disney Co. spokesman.

Disney “played a key role in the revitalization of the Walt Disney Co. and Disney’s animation legacy,” the company said.

He died in a Newport Beach, California, hospital at the age of 79.

His father — Roy O. Disney — co-founded the Disney entertainment business with Walt Disney in 1923.

Roy E. Disney‘s 56-year association with the company culminated in 2003 when he stepped down as vice chairman of Disney’s board and chairman of the Disney Studio’s Animation Department. He kept the title director emeritus and consultant in recent years, the company said.

“As head of Disney Animation, Disney helped to guide the studio to a new golden age of animation with an unprecedented string of artistic and box office successes that included ‘The Little Mermaid,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ‘Aladdin’ and ‘The Lion King,’ ” the company said.

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Disney Characters Arrested at Disneyland

August 16, 2008

I always knew those Disney characters were not to be trusted!

Actually, many Disneyland employees, dressed as their favorite Disney characters, were handcuffed, frisked and loaded into police vans earlier today at a labor protest near the Disneyland park in Anaheim, California.

From the Associated Press:

The arrest of the 32 protesters, many of whom wore costumes representing famous Disney characters, came at the end of an hour long march to Disneyland’s gates from one of the three Disney-owned hotels at the center of a labor dispute.

Bewildered tourists in Disney T shirts and caps, some pushing strollers, filed past the commotion and gawked at the costumed picketers getting hauled away. The protest shut down a major thoroughfare outside Disneyland and California Adventure for nearly an hour.

The dispute involves approximately 2,300 employees at there Disney-owned hotels: Paradise Pier, Grand Californian and the Disneyland Hotel. The workers’ contract expired recently and their union claims that Disney’s newest proposal makes health care unaffordable for employees. They also believe that it creates an unfair two-tier wage system.

I can only imagine what would be going through my three year old daughters head if she were witness to this. Seeing Mickey in handcuffs could cause permanent damage! Hopefully, Disney and their employees can come to a peaceful resolution soon. Thoughts?