Roy Disney, R.I.P.
Roy Disney died today at age 79, and though his uncle Walt's contribution to film is well-known, Roy accomplished almost as much behind the scenes. Not only did he help revive Disney's fortunes by kickstarting a new animation era that began with The Little Mermaid, but he was a boardroom tour-de-force, unseating corporate regimes and clashing with executives like Michael Eisner, who he essentially forced out of the company in 2004. You were a tough son-of-a-gun, Roy. Rest in peace. [LAT]