Monday, July 5, 2010

DONALD'S VACATION


Here's a perfect cartoon for the week of July 4th - DONALD'S VACATION (1940). Above is the original theatrical release poster. Below, the cartoon's title card:

The cartoon has lavish background art. Disney artists had reached their peak - SNOW WHITE and PINOCCHIO were done, FANTASIA was in production. It's astonishing this level of artwork was created for a short!

DONALD'S VACATION had one of the most difficult pan backgrounds I've ever digitally re-assembled. The camera followed a twisting arc, as well as including a zoom, pan and a multiplane tree! It took two days - but I managed to finish this intriguing piece of art. Here's the whole pan B/G:

Here's the left side:

The right side:

Just for kicks, I adjusted the B/G to nearly level, to give us another view:

Here are several additional pieces from the film:












Spectacular!

20 comments:

Michael Sporn said...

That was a glorious era for WC bgs at Disney's. Fabulous!

Joe Shelby said...

Very nice...

The scenery itself is an interesting combination of spots throughout California all embedded into one. The rocky lake is the kind one finds in the upper Sierras, particularly in King's Canyon. The double-waterfall is Yosemite Falls in Yosemite Valley, but the smaller pine trees (rather than the 150+foot sugar pines and sequoias) are the type one finds more in the south (San Bernardino National Forest) and the central coast areas.

The animators likely picked those trees just 'cause of the scale factor. With the real northern trees, they'd never see the greenery in Donald's scale. :)

This mixture isn't that uncommon, of course. The Pixar gang for Cars modeled Radiator Springs and its surroundings from several different parts of Arizona, southern Utah, and California (the waterfall scene is based on the 101 coastal highway, and the switchbacks to get up to it are more common with California mountain roads than AZ or UT).

David Wolter said...

Thanks for putting in the effort! Beautiful stuff.

Peter Moehrle said...

Hi Rob,

Are you still interested in seeing some Lilo vis-dev?
In 2 weeks I'll be back in my house in florida and I could see what I have? E-mail me.......

Peter

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