Monday, August 20, 2007
101 DALMATIANS was Disney's first feature to showcase the new Xerox method for transferring animators' drawings to cels. The animators loved it! For the first time they could see their actual drawings on the screen, rather than the "tracings" of the ink and paint department. The technology created a new, very modern look. Even the backgrounds took advantage of xerography; elaborate layouts were transferred to cels and placed over watercolor washes. Here are a few terrific, stylish backgrounds, including a wonderful pan B/G of a London street. I promise we'll revisit this film and its art.