Wong's start with Disney
Wong launched his career in 1938 when he became an entry-level animator, drawing hundreds of sketches of Mickey Mouse, according to a statement from The Walt Disney Family Museum.
When Wong heard the studio was in pre-production for the animated feature "Bambi," he went home and painted multiple small, evocative pictures of a deer in a forest.
It didn't take long for the sketches to capture the attention of Walt Disney, who used them as the basis for the film's visual style.
"Walt Disney saw that Tyrus was able to produce exquisite artwork that did not necessarily look like the forest -- but rather, felt like the forest," the museum explained. "Walt’s vision for Bambi and use of Tyrus’ work still influences films today."
Wong left his job at Disney in 1941 and headed to Warner Brother's where he worked for 26 years until he retired in 1968.