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28 09 2009

I found some xeroxes of paintings JOHN WATKISS had done in the late nineties for THE EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE, or – KINGDOM OF THE SUN – as it was called at that time. john painted them in the same size as the TARZAN pieces, approx. 80 x 40 cm, all acrylics. different from the more action loaded TARZAN jungle scenes he played here a lot with interesting compositions and light/shadows. there must be at least 30 or 40 of these paintings, hopefully in the archives.

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8 responses

28 09 2009
Brandon

Interesting, but I’m glad the film went with a more imaginative, colorful setting, more suited to animation.

28 09 2009
Jared Shear

Thanks again for the John Watkiss treat! It is always a pleasure feasting the eyes upon his work. Appreciate all of your time and effort.

29 09 2009
john b. ludwick

I am a former storyboard artist from Primal Screen in Atlanta, Georgia. I just discovered your blog from a friend this very night. It’s almost a religious experience (getting weird here!) seeing the production art from these works.
Your time/efforts don’t fall onto blind eyes – I’m invigorated to stay up all night drawing! THANK YOU.

I’ve always been a fan of Mulan’s art chemistry – thanks for that, too.

When’s the last time you’ve watched “The Hudsucker Proxy” by the Coens? Though it has a huge story band-aid on it, it is truly a landmark work. Plus, it’s got some kickin’ cinematography, too (though not near as compelling as the late Conrad Hall’s work in “Road to Perdition”).

30 09 2009
Brandon

Hudsucker Proxy is a terrible film, and the design is masturbatory beyond belief. Even the Coen brothers think so. It’s almost as bad as the film City of Lost Children, from both a story AND design point of view.

1 10 2009
Mars Cabrera

Would have been great to see this on Film!! fresh, dynamic, bold and moody!! many thanks to Hans!

1 10 2009
gabey

it actually reminds me more of Dreamworks’ “El Dorado” film.
El Dorado had much more darker and somewhat violent scenes compared to Emperor’s New Groove. Since Emperor’s New Groove went more to a much lighter mood, with the comedy and all, it actually surprised me that the production of the film had a more darker feel to it.

8 12 2009
Michael

I love these images, and the ones he did for Tarzan as well. I remember being obsessed with them in the 1990s when they’d show up in the Disney Animation preview displays. The future of animation was so exciting then…

I’m actually a big fan of “New Groove”, but I’d kinda like to see this film as well…

10 01 2010
Steve Worthington

I used to swing by disney every week to see what John had been up to and then off out for pint.
I saw all these, plus Atlantis, but nothing has ever knocked my socks off like the hundreds of Tarzan paintings which were up in all the corridors. It was stunning.
There were a couple of spectacularly huge ones too, and Zoltan as well.
I was hoping they’d do a book of all of them, but sadly they’ll just likely remain buried in the vault!

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