Saturday, January 31, 2009

Bob Broughton 1917-2009

The Los Angeles Times has reported that Disney Legend Bob Broughton passed away on January 19. He was 91 years old.

Broughton began his career with Disney 1937, working first in the mailroom at the Hyperion Avenue studio. Shortly thereafter, he moved into the camera department, and that remained the focus of his career until his retirement in 1982. His resume was wide and varied; he worked extensively in animation, mastering the use of the multiplane camera on Pinocchio and then helping to pioneer special photographic effects for Fantasia. In later years, his camerawork and special effects expertise contributed to live action films such as The Parent Trap and Mary Poppins. When Alfred Hitchcock contracted Disney to provide special effects for his thriller The Birds, Broughton was key in helping bring the legendary director's vision to realization.

According to his Disney Legends profile, Broughton once noted, ""I had one of the best jobs anyone could have, with a one-of-a-kind organization and incredibly talented people."