the following recreated backgrounds are stylewise very interesting because they belong to DISNEY shorts from about the same production time. 1 – PRACTICAL PIG 1939, 2+3 – SOCIETY DOG SHOW 1939, 4 – BONE TROUBLE 1940.
the PRACTICAL PIG BG is very much in the tradition of the SILLY SYMPHONIES, like FARMYARD SYMPHONY or the other 2 later LITTLE PIG shorts. very soft watercolor backgrounds with broad shapes and very little detail. I am not sure who developed that style. when TENGGREN joined the studio in the late thirties, a lot of the silly symphonies had established the look already. SOCIETY DOG SHOW is one of my favorite shorts of that time with its amazing action towards the end. I remember when RICHARD WILLIAMS was planning the climax of his THIEF masterpiece, he referred a lot to the camera-angles in that short. the BG’s are painted similar in style and technique like the ones in SNOW WHITE, what premiered two years earlier. the BONE TROUBLE background is layout-wise interesting, but paintingstyle-wise it could belong to the shorts of the early thirties.
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