The Italian Almanac

Roy Disney

Italian News - April 9

Roy Disney was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the 10th Cartoons on the Bay Festival in Positano, which also featured the world premiere of the latest Asterix and Obelix film and the Italian premiere of the controversial Danish cartoon film "Terkel." The 76-year-old Disney was given the award for a career that started in 1954 as an assistant film editor. Disney, who produced "Fantasia 2000," the sequel to his uncle Walt Disney's 1940 classic, remains the company's director emeritus.

Before receiving the award, Disney participated in a public showcase that included a rare screening of "Destino," (Fate) an unlikely 1946 collaboration between Spanish surrealist painter Salvatore Dali and Walt Disney that was not completed until 2003. Disney announced that the eight-minute film, which was nominated for an Oscar in 2004, will be released along with documentary footage as a DVD later this year.

Disney added in an interview that the Walt Disney Co. will release a wider variety of animated films as a result of the company's partnership with Pixar Animation Studios.