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.
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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