Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Saturday, April 18, 2009


The DANCE OF THE HOURS from FANTASIA opens with a multiplane effect, a series of curtains:

Here, the first (digitally re-assembled) pan background of the stage (the balls of fur are ostriches awaiting their dance cues):

The right half of a huge pan B/G... with a (multiplane camera layer) column in the foreground of epic proportions!

Sunday, April 12, 2009


Happy Easter!

Here's a special Easter treat: artwork from Disney's Silly Symphony FUNNY LITTLE BUNNIES (1934). First watch the cartoon (Thanks, YouTube)...

Now, enjoy some real eye candy, these digitally recreated backgrounds. Beautiful work!

That stubborn bunny refused to budge, but I was able to reveal the rest of this background...

Finally, Pan B/Gs...

This is the left side of the final pan B/G. One day I'll attempt to restore the entire thing. Lovely...

Saturday, April 11, 2009

GOOFY: How To Sleep (1953)

Background credits go to Claude Coats.

Heres the cartoon:

Now some of the background art. Clearly the best in this cartoon is this eye-tickling "pseudo-Victorian moderne" house design:

The remaining backgrounds are simple, providing a fine stage on which the action plays itself out:

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Question and answer...

A reader wrote in and asked: "What do you think the medium was for the Pinocchio-era animation
backgrounds? Goache/acrylic? On hot press illustration board? I'd love to
figure that out."

Anyone have the answer?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

GOOFY: The Big Wash

Background art credit goes to Merle Cox.

And here, a wonderful piece of B/G art, outside the "big top."