back to disney’s BAMBI. I recommend to read FRANCK THOMAS’ and OLLIE JOHNSTON’S book BAMBI, THE STORY AND THE FILM. in my oppinion this film is a true masterpiece and the book gives you a lot of information about the creative process, written by two of the master-animators who created some of the most memorable animated moments. here I want to concentrate on what is behind the animation, the ‘stage’. following are the artists as shown in the credits of the film –
THOMAS H.CODRICK, ROBERT C.CORMACK, AL ZINNEN, McLAREN STEWART, LLOYD HARTING, DAVID HILBERMAN, JOHN HUBLEY, DICK KELSEY
MERLE T.COX, TYRUS WONG, W.RICHARD ANTHONY, ART RILEY, STAN SPOHN, ROBERT McINTOSH, RAY HUFFINE, TRAVIS JOHNSON, ED LEVITT, JOE STAHLEY
the credits show no layout artists –
in BAMBI the art directors did a combined job, they were responsible for a certain part of the film, like JOHN HUBLEY for the whole fire sequence at the end, they created the layouts and supervised the painted execution of the backgrounds. interesting is TYRUS WONG’ story as told in the book. he was the real stylist of the movie, but didn’t get a credit for it.
the layout below is my most favorite of all layouts I have seen so far. I show the corresponding recreated BG from that diagonal pan as well. because of the dark colors and the rain-effects on top the color version can not represent the simplicity and silent beauty of the pencil drawing. judge yourself.
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