Posted by Lenny
Roy Disney - Dead at 79
Ok, quick run-down here on lineage. Roy Disney is the son of Roy O. Disney, Walt's brother, making this Roy his nephew. Sure you can call it nepotism but this guy helped preserve the animation department of Disney when Michael Esiner and others turned their back on what made the company into an (some might say, evil) Empire.
Anyway, the guy also helped shepherd Fantasia 2000 off the dusty drawing boards and onto the silver screen. That says more about a love of animation than the bottom line.
One quick weird note though...in 2007 Roy divorced his wife Patty Daily after 52 years of marriage. He even remarried in 2008...he is survived by his wife of one year Leslie DeMeuse-Disney and his four kids from Patty: Tim Disney, Roy Patrick Disney, Abigail Disney and Susan Disney Lord.
At least he lived to see Disney's cel animation return to the big screen with the success of The Princess Frog.