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Cyrus "Cy" Young (Chinese: 楊左匋) was a Chinese-American special effects animator, best known for his work for Walt Disney Productions.

Young was brother of Chinese politician Yang Qianli (father of Hong Kong director and lyric writer Evan Yang), architect Yang Xiliu, entrepreneur Yang Xiren, and Yang Renlan (mother of sociologist Fei Xiaotong). He had worked in China called Pause and New Year. Young's first work in the United States was as lead animator on the 1931 short "Mendelssohn's Spring Song", a project completed while he was a student in New York City. Disney was so impressed with his work that he hired him to be head of the new special effects animation department and he partnered with animator Ugo D'Orsi.

Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston wrote in their book Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life, they said, "Through the entire thirties, the entire Effects Department consisted of only two men: Ugo D'Orsi, a straightforward, stubborn, and dedicated Italian, and Cy Young...quiet and sensitive...who loved to play the bass fiddle as a hobby." Thomas and Johnston added, "Since [D'Orsi and Young] did most of the careful work themselves, they needed only a single assistant between them." The department's first major project was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Young also provided the delicate visual design of the woods and meadows in Bambi. He also worked on Fantasia and Dumbo.

Young left the studio after the 1941 Disney animators' strike and worked as a staff artist and clerk at the Air Force, where he worked on various projects. He committed suicide in 1964.

Disney Filmography

Year Film Position
1933 Birds in the Spring animator - uncredited
1933 Father Noah's Ark animator - uncredited
1933 Mickey's Gala Premier effects animator - uncredited
1933 Old King Cole animator - uncredited
1933 The Pied Piper animator - uncredited
1933 Giantland animator - uncredited
1934 Shanghaied animator - uncredited
1934 The Grasshopper and the Ants animator - uncredited
effects animator - uncredited
1934 Funny Little Bunnies animator - uncredited
1934 Gulliver Mickey animator - uncredited
1934 Hollywood Party animator - uncredited
1934 The Flying Mouse animator - uncredited
1934 Servants' Entrance animator - uncredited
1934 Mickey Plays Papa animator - uncredited
1934 The Goddess of Spring animator - uncredited
effects animator - uncredited
1934 Two-Gun Mickey animator - uncredited
1935 The Band Concert animator - uncredited
1935 Water Babies animator - uncredited
1935 Mickey's Fire Brigade animator - uncredited
1935 Music Land animator - uncredited
effects animator - uncredited
1935 Broken Toys animator - uncredited
effects animator - uncredited
1936 Mickey's Rival effects animator - uncredited
1936 Mickey's Grand Opera animator - uncredited
1936 Moving Day animator - uncredited
1936 The Country Cousin animator - uncredited
1937 Woodland Café animator - uncredited
effects animator - uncredited
1937 The Old Mill animator - uncredited
1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs animator
1938 Mickey's Trailer animator - uncredited
1939 Society Dog Show animator - uncredited
1940 Fantasia animator - segments: "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor"
"Nutcracker Suite"
"The Sorcerer's Apprentice"
1941 Dumbo animator
1942 Bambi animator - uncredited
1946 Make Mine Music animator - uncredited
"Blue Bayou" - animator
1996 Clair de Lune animator

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