Tyrus is an award-winning documentary film about the inspiring life, art, and enduring impact of Chinese-American artist and Disney Legend, Tyrus Wong.
American Masters: Tyrus TYRUS tells the unlikely story of pioneering Guangzhou-born, American artist Tyrus Wong, who overcame a life of poverty and racism to become a celebrated painter (who once exhibited with Picasso and Matisse), Hollywood sketch artist, and "Disney Legend" for his groundbreaking work on the classic animated film Bambi. Previously unseen art and interviews with Wong, movie clips and archival footage illustrate how his unique style - melding Chinese calligraphic and landscape influences with contemporary Western art - is found in everything from Disney animation and live-action Hollywood studio films (Rebel Without a Cause, The Wild Bunch, April in Paris) to Hallmark Christmas cards, hand-painted California dinnerware, Depression-era WPA paintings, kites, and fine art. The film corrects a historical wrong by spotlighting this seminal, but heretofore under-credited figure who passed away in 2016 at the age of 106.
Tyrus' visit to Angel Island (1:50)
Tyrus talking about some of his work (1:33)
Producer: New Moon Pictures, LLC/ Gwen Wynne
Production Company: New Moon Pictures, LLC
Production Year: 2017
Copyright Year: 2017
Talent: Tyrus Wong
Writers: Pamela Tom
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 77 minutes
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH)
Language Track: English
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen