Sunday, March 18, 2007

Eustace Lycett - 1914-2006

The New York Times has reported the sad and very belated news of the passing of Disney Studios special effects veteran Eustace Lycett this past November 16. His obituary can be found here.

Lycett began his 43-year career with Disney in 1937, working extensively with Ub Iwerks on the development of the multiplane camera. His film credits included Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Absent Minded Professor, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and an Academy Award for special effects for Mary Poppins.



Disney's artistic legacy was created by a vast number of talented people through the decades. Many have faded into anonymity. One such person was Eustace Lycett. While less known than some of his colleagues, his contributions to films like Mary Poppins and Bedknobs and Broomsticks will be enjoyed forevermore. Thank you, Mr. Lycett. Rest in peace.

sfmeans said...

Eustace was a lovely gentleman and the perfect complement to his wife, Mary Ethel. He was a humble man and one would never have known of his brilliance and professional success from him. Attending a get-together at their home, my girls and I held one of his Oscars in amazement that this guy from our church was the recipient of such an honor. We saw Eustace and his wife at dinner shortly before her death. Sadly, we had not heard until last evening that they had passed away. God bless the memory of both of them.