Monday, December 29, 2014


I've been studying the gorgeous B/G art from Mary Poppins for years.

Tonight, looking over the animated section, I had an AHAH moment and realized I had two pieces I could join to create a huge pan B/G - five hours later, it's done.


Remember to click on it to see the full size version.  :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


A real treat today - digitally reconstructed background art from Disney's PETER PAN!

This artwork is a visual feast - and screams the influence of May Blair. These gorgeous backgrounds predate JUNGLE BOOK by a decade but the design influence is unmistakeable.

Feast your eyes on these!!!

 this shot starts with a suspicious looking rock (cel overlay)
 then zooms out as the hippo rises from the water!
Here is the background with cel characters digitally erased...
 Savor the nuance and subtlety of this piece
Here is the pan B/G from the FOLLOWING THE LEADER sequence
the boys remain steadfast little soldiers on the left!
So you might enjoy a closer look - here below are left and right sections.

Gorgeous stuff, eh?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

BAMBI Background Art

Today, another digital restoration of art from Bambi. 
This is a reconstructed pan BG.

To see the extraordinary detail, click on the images. 
I've added larger left and right halves below!

Monday, December 1, 2014


I've always loved the background art developed for the WINNIE THE POOH films. It's texture is unlike any other (but seemingly influenced by the Xerox art designs from 101 Dalmatians).

As usual I have digitally composited pan backgrounds so you can see them in a way we never saw them in the films!

Here's a set of beautiful and charming backgrounds from the first WINNIE THE POOH  animated short "Winnie The Pooh and the Honey Tree" (1964), which later became part of the compilation feature "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

 Above, Rabbit's hutch - pan B/G with mirror cel overlay, below the original pan B/G

 Rabbit tries desperately to push Pooh out through his rabbit hole - no such luck. 
 Rabbit here digitally erased but Pooh's big booty remains - yet a bit more of the B/G is revealed...

Rabbit's yard pan B/G
 a second, gorgeous B/G of Rabbit's domicile...
a lovely view of the Hundred Acre Woods, adjacent to the Rabbit residence! 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


THE RESCUERS (Disney, 1977) was a landmark film, marking the passing of the animation baton from the Nine Old Men to the new generation of animators. It's a beautiful film, visually and emotionally. Lots of old school Disney charm!

Today I've digitally re-assembled a fabulous pan background. Our hero Evinrude flies across this swampy landscape to escape some nasty bats.

I left Evinrude in the first frame. He's to cute to digitally eradicate!

As usual with a pan B/G, I'm posting the entire image, then broken it into thirds so you can savor the detail. As this was a night scene, out of necessity I've lightened the artwork so the details POP.

Beautiful artwork from a lovely little film!


I'm resuming posting and I'll continue - but the last two posts got ZERO comments!

No need for elaborate notes - but if you're seeing this please let me know. Thanks!


Home theatre isn't really a new concept - Pongo and Perdida had one in the 60s!

I love the modern look of all the 101 background art, very linear with color washes. This BG was printed and distributed as a backing for cels sold at Disneyland's once-upon-a-time Art Corner - imagine Disney cels for a dollar!

I've recreated the piece digitally as usual, erasing the tail-wagging pup. :)

Monday, November 17, 2014


The educational films Disney created in the 60s are beautifully crafted and still charming over 50 years later. The "library" background art using books as sets was inspired. Lookie!

The JIMINY title card art (digitally restored)

opening shot

opening medium shot

restored pan background

various book backgrounds - beautiful little set

Thursday, November 6, 2014

POOH: Heffalumps and Woozles!

Here are some digitally reconstructed b/g pieces from the HEFFALUMPS AND WOOZLES segment of THE MANY ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE POOH.

I've always admired the style of the POOH backgrounds. Modern, detailed and cartooney. Enjoy!

 Here's a pan B/G with Pooh entering from the right...
 and some stylish abstract B/Gs -