JOYCE CARLSON, 84 Disney artist
Joyce Carlson, a Disney artist who helped create the idyllic universe of singing children at "It's a Small World" rides across the globe, died of cancer Wednesday at her home, the Walt Disney Co. said.
In a 56-year career with Disney, Ms. Carlson went from delivering paints and brushes to animators to inking films herself, and her work on "It's a Small World" is enjoyed by millions of visitors each year.
Ms. Carlson was among the creators of a miniature prototype of "It's a Small World" for the 1964 World's Fair in New York.
Born in Racine, Wis., Ms. Carlson moved with her family to Southern California in 1938. Within six months of joining Walt Disney Studios, she was working on Cinderella, Peter Pan and other animated features.