Tyrus Wong was born in China in 1910. He immigrated to California at age 9 with his father, leaving his mother and sister behind, according to a statement by the Walt Disney Museum. He got a scholarship to the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and in 1938 went to work for Disney's Studios, working on several projects until he heard about the pre-production of "Bambi."
Wong immediately dedicated himself to sketching several images of a young deer in a forest, capturing Walt Disney’s attention. Disney used Wong's work as inspiration for the now classic 1942 classic, "Bambi."