johnny appleseed

7 02 2016

disney produced a 19 min short animated segment THE LEGEND OF JOHNNY APPLESEED in 1948 for MELODY TIME. designed by MARY BLAIR and directed by WILFRED JACKSON, the main animators were MILT KAHL, OLLIE JOHNSTON, ERIC LARSON and DON LUSK, backgrounds by CLAUDE COATS and BRICE MACK, layouts DON DA GRADI, THOR PUTMAN and MCLAREN STEWARD. below are some screen captured backgrounds and a few layouts.

appleseed comp 1a

appleseed comp 109 BB

appleseed comp 109 CC

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© disney enterprises, inc





disney in space 4

5 02 2016

mars+beyond B1

mars+beyond B2

mars+beyond B3

mars+beyond B4

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lost treasures 3

23 01 2016

…and a few more recreated backgrounds from disney’s animated classics

1945 three caballeros-bahia3 caballeros BAHIA C

1948 melody time-once upon a wintertimemelody time comp once 1948 2

1940 fantasia-nutcracker suite1941 fant nut AAA

1937 don donalddon donald 1937 mex

1947 fun and fancy free-happy valleyfun+fancy comp C

1939 ugly ducklingduckling 1939 comp.A

1936 donald and plutodonald+pluto comp AA 1936

1935 music landmusic land GGt

1940 fantasia-nutcracker suitefantasia nut DDa

1938 donald’s better selfbetter self 1938 comp A

1948 melody time-johnny appleseedjohnny appleseed A

1947 fun and fancy free-happy valleyfun+fancy 1947 comp B

© disney enterprises, inc





more lost treasures

22 01 2016

below are more recreated backgrounds, as far as I know the originals don’t exist anymore in the disney archives. in case you are interested in those recreated treasures, I posted a lot more in the past.

1948 so dear to my heartso dear to my heart 025

1945 tiger troubletiger trouble comp A

1936 three little wolves3 little wolves A

1938 farmyard symphonyfarmyard symphony A

1938 the fox huntfox hunt

1939 donald’s lucky dayD.lucky day comp 1

1946 casey at the batcasey at the bat PAN

1936 three little wolves3 little wolves B

1940 fantasia-pastoral symphonyfantasia comp BEET aa

1935 music landmusic land pan BB229

1954 the vanishing prairie-openingopening vanishing prairie blog

1948 so dear to my heartso dear BB 047

1936 elmer elephantelmer comp A

1947 fun and fancy free-bongofun+fancy comp a

1948 bumble boogiebumble boogie B

1939 practical pigpractical pig

1939 donald’s cousin gusdon.cousin gus

1940 tugboat mickeytugboat AA

1935 who killed cock robinwho killed cock robin

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it’s a wild life…

16 01 2016

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in some earlier posts I showed artwork from the shelved disaster production WILD LIFE that disney feature animation had in preproduction for nearly 2 years, starting early 1999 till 2000. it was supposed to be disney’s first CG-animated feature film. I remember these 2 years that I worked on this project as probably the most creative and most chaotic time I ever spent on a film in this business. the majority of the creative team was amazing, a few less inclusive the directors. anyway, the biggest problem were stupid decisions and missing control of management in the highest levels. they let us run into the disaster, not one of them listened to my concerns about the content problems. but, visually the whole film was after a while so stunning, so new and never conceived before, that most of the creative team did not really care about the major story problems.
I was head of the development and production designer with a team of the best layout and BG artists in the studio, BUCK LEWIS, an illustrator from new york, worked on all the character designs. if there is interest you can read more about the project in my book DREAM WORLDS and CHARLES SOLOMON’S book DISNEY LOST AND FOUND. from what I heard seventy million dollars went down the drain because of ignorance and stupidity, and in the end 200 artists were laid off. too bad, amazing talent that disappeared into the rest of the world. I found recently tons of sketches from the production. it will take a while to scan them – here are the first ones…

wildlife 3872

wildlife 3845

wildlife 3843

wildlife 3855

wildlife 3854

wildlife 3850

wildlife 3841

wildlife 3856

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you can find some earlier articles here, here, and here.
more soon…





masters 5

12 11 2015

jean jacques sempe
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austin briggs
©austin briggs

emanuelle luzzati
©emanuelle luzzati

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©dave mckean

jorge gonzalez varela
©jorge gonzalez varela

winsor mccay
©winsor mccay

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©joe de mers

frédéric bézian
©frédéric bézian

j.c.leyendecker
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©burne hogarth

frederic rodrigo gruger
©frederic rodrigo gruger

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©jim holdaway

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masters 4

10 11 2015

errol le cain
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gerald hoffnung
©gerald hoffnung

oscar grillo
©oscar grillo

antonio lapone
©antonio lapone

Al Parker
©al parker

patrick faulwetter
©patrick faulwetter

rene haussman
©rene haussman

vladimiro merino
©vladimiro merino

bob peak
©bob peak

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©wolf erlbruch

david levine
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ben stahl
©ben stahl

DCF 1.0
©carlos nine

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©heinz edelmann

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©george brown petty

aurelien predal
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