John Hench , whose career at Disney spanned almost 65 years, began his animation career at Disney in 1939 in the story department before moving on to backgrounds, layout, art direction and effects animation on movies such as Fantasia , Dumbo , The Three Caballeros , Make Mine Music , The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad , Cinderella , Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan . He helped create the special effects on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea , which won an Academy Award in 1954. That same year John would be asked by Walt Disney to join the staff of WED Enterprises(today known as Disney Imagineering). "I want you to work on Disneyland, and you're going to like it," Walt said. John's first project was working on the creation of Tomorrowland. He would become one of Imagineering's chief designers and played a key role in the creation of every Disney theme park worldwide.He would assist Disney in other projects as well. In 1960, John helped with the four exhibits Disney presented at the 1964 New York World's Fair. John was also Mickey Mouse's official corporate portrait artist, having painted Mickey's portrait for his 25th (1953), 50th (1978), 60th (1988), and 70th (1998) birthdays. In 1990 the Disney Company honored John Hench by naming him a Disney Legend. John was still working at Disney Imagineering when he passed away in 2003 at the age of 95. Walt Disney once said "You can dream, create, design, and build the most wonderful place in the world, but it requires people to make the dream a reality". CLICK ON MY E-BAY STORE LINK LOCATED ABOVE AND NEAR THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE FOR MORE DISNEY FINE COLLECTIBLES
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