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20 02 2009

disney’s LADY AND THE TRAMP, released july 1955, the first of disney’s CINEMASCOPE films. you have to see the original backgrounds! there are fortunately a lot of them left in the disney archives, ARL. they look so loosely painted, created by absolute professionals. the style is close to realism, with the typical simplified DISNEY-TOUCH. the painters were so skillful after all the movies behind them, that their work looks effortless. very rough brushstrokes when you look close, but from the distance they give you the feel of reality, the same way MATTE-PAINTINGS work.
all my recreated BG’s are not even halfway close to what the original paintings look like. hopefully therewill be a publication with all these masterpieces in the future…
besides the beautiful look of the backgrounds they work just perfect as what they are – the stage. the characters read so well in front of them. what a color-balance! these backgrounds are very different from the ones in SLEEPING BEAUTY, released only a few years later and actually in the works paralell to LADY AND THE TRAMP since the early fifties. EYVIND EARLE, the production designer of ‘sleeping beauty’, was very involved in the BG-creation of ‘lady and the tramp’ as well. you see stylistic similarities especially in the romantic night sequence. or when you study some of the hedges, the same foliage design like in beauty’s forest. his later style in SLEEPING BEAUTY is so overwhelming with all the incredible textures, stylized details and stunning colors that you have once in a while problems to follow the flawless animation. different here in ‘lady and the tramp’, where you just get enough detail to know what you need to know, it is never confusing or overwhelming.

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the background artists -
CLAUDE COATS, DICK ANTHONY, RALPH HULETT,
 ALBERT DEMPSTER, THELMA WHITMER, EYVIND EARLE, 
JIMI TROUT, RAY HUFFINE, BRICE MACK.

but the layout crew was equally important -

KEN ANDERSON, TOM CODRICK, AL ZINNEN, 
A.KENDALL O’CONNOR, HUGH HENNESSY, LANCE
NOLLEY, JAQUES RUPP, MC.LAREN STEWART, DON 
GRIFFITH, THOR PUTNAM, COLLIN CAMPBELL, VICTOR
 NABOUCH, BILL BOSCHE.

what a team!

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20 02 2009
Colin Stimpson

Simply brilliant! The ultimate Disney backgrounds. The mixture of colour, lighting, atmosphere and appeal is unmatched in my opinion.

Thanks Hans for inspiring once again.

from hans –
remember our struggle during BALTO to reach at least a little bit of that quality…

20 02 2009
vinod

man you have gr8 collection and knowledge. its been just few days i came across site it will take me good time to go through. but i should first of all thank u for all sharing….. thanks thanks thanks

21 02 2009
Drake Brodahl

These are gorgeous. I’m a big fan of Earle, Hulett and Dempster but not as familiar with a couple of those names. Thanks for posting them! I only wish they were a tad larger.

Know if they’re watercolor, or gouache (or casein)?

from hans –
the resolution from the screencaptures is not good enough to post them
bigger. and – they are all gouache.

21 02 2009
tacy

thank you for posting these Sir. I’m having a break from background designing assignments from Sir Nelson Caliguia’s class. It’s very tiring for a first timer like me.

I just remembered your blog address and checked it out right away. its really great and encouraging…but seeing Sir Alex’s work makes me want to cry! We, young animator students, have got a long way to go and LOTS of sketches to do!

thank you Sir and we really hope you get to teach in our school (St. Benilde)! you’ve been an inspiration to many of us!

-KArl

23 02 2009
Nancy Beiman

I had no idea that Eyvind Earle worked on LADY AND THE TRAMP. Some of those art directors obviously kept his tendency to upstage the animation in check.

My favorite Earle designs are in the short film PIGS IS PIGS, where the bright color and angular design perfectly melds with the satirical story.

4 03 2009
shawn

I met Collin Campbell about 4 years ago. He lives in south Florida and regularly attends a small sketch group. He’s shared some interesting and funny stories about Walt and the other guys from the studio. Collin is an awesome artist, mostly doing watercolors that rock, and some oils. He’s also one of the nicest guys you could meet.

4 03 2009
Drake Brodahl

Thanks for the reply, Hans!

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