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Animation Resources isn’t just an archive OF animation… it’s an archive FOR animators. There’s a subtle but important distinction there… One of the aspects of modern animation that could stand improvement is design. Too many current animated films ignore the importance of appealing design, or lean too heavily on the designs of other animated films. There’s absolutely no reason why every princess, king or mouse should look like princesses, kings and mice from previous films. There’s a wide world of design inspiration to be found in the history of illustration. Here’s just a sampling of the important material related to illustration contained in the Animation Resources Database…
One of the primary projects of Animation Resources is to gather together the reference materials that inspired the artists who made animated cartoons in the golden age. It’s a little known fact that every animation studio had a library of children’s books for the reference of the background painters and designers. Rare editions of Rackham, Dulac and Wyeth sat on the shelves at studios in both New York and in Hollywood. Many great children’s book illustrators worked for a time in animation, including Kay Nielsen, Gustaf Tenggren and Willy Pogany.
GUSTAF TENGGREN: D’Aulnoy’s Fairy Tales, Good Dog Book, Small Fry And The Winged Horse / Heidi – Wonderbook – Juan & Juanita / Grimm’s Fairy Tales (See also Gustaf Tenggren under Golden Book Style below.)
OTHER CLASSIC ILLUSTRATORS: W. Lee Hankey’s Deserted Village / Maxfield Parrish’s Arabian Nights (1909) / N. C. Wyeth’s Legends of Charlemagne / Mabel Lucie Attwell’s Peter Pan and Wendy / Frank Reynolds Paints Pickwick / Monks By Eduard von Grutzner / Boris O’Klein’s Dirty Dogs of Paris / Reginald Birch and St. Nicholas Magazine / Gustave Dore
From the 1920s through the late 1950s, magazines featured the work of some of the top talents in the art world. Leindecker, Artzybasheff, Szyk and Hurst were all great artists whose work has a lot to offer today’s cartoonists and character designers. Thanks to Archive Supporters Mike Fontanelli and Kent Butterworth, we have been able to bring many of these great names to your attention.
VANITY FAIR MAGAZINE: The Genius of Miguel Covarrubias
Thanks to a generous donation by Animation Resources supporter John Kricfalusi, we are able to share the beautiful work of the great artists who made a fortune for Western Publishing’s Little Golden Book line. The style was created by Disney concept artist, Gustaf Tenggren and reached its peak in books by Mel Crawford. Many animation artists moonlighted as children’s book illustrators… among them Norm McCabe, Harvey Eisenberg, Mary Blair and J. P. Miller.
GUSTAF TENGGREN: Tenggren’s Tell It Again Book: Genesis of the Golden Book Style / Sing for Christmas / The Little Trapper (See also Gustaf Tenggren under Classic Illustration above.)
TIBOR GERGELY: A Day In The Jungle / “Watch Me! Said the Jeep” and “The Red, White and Blue Auto”
MEL CRAWFORD: Rootie Kazootie Joins The Circus
RECORD ALBUMS & MOVIE MEMORABILIA: 50s & 60s LP Covers / Bozo And His Rocket Ship / Ernesto Garcia Cabral: The Greatest Cartoonist You’ve Never Heard of Before! / Fantastic Mexican Lobby Cards
- ATTWELL, Mabel Lucie
- BIRCH, Reginald
- BONESTELL, Chesley
- BRIGGS, Austin
- CABRAL, Ernesto Garcia (aka: “Chango”)
- CADY, Harrison
- CORNWALL, Dean
- COVARRUBIAS, Miguel
- DEMPSTER, Al
- DOHANOS, Steven
- DOMERGUE, Jean-Gabriel
- DORNE, Albert
- EISENBERG, Harvey
- FRAZETTA, Frank
- GRAMATKY, Hardie
- HELCK, Peter
- JUSTICE, Bill
- LUDEKENS, Fred
- PARKER, Al
- PARRISH, Maxfield
- PEET, Bill
- PYLE, Howard
- REYNOLDS, Frank
- ROCKWELL, Norman
- STAHL, Ben
- SZYK, Arthur
- WHITE, Al
- WYETH, N. C.
- Jean-Gabriel Domergue: Granddaddy of All Pinup Artists
- Coloring Book Covers
- Pulp Magazine Covers
- Howard Pyle- Master of Romance and Adventure
- Boy’s King Arthur by N. C. Wyeth
VISIT OUR GALLERY OF FINE ART PRINTS
Animation Resources in association with Imagekind is proud to present a collection of fine art prints representing some of Kay Nielsen’s greatest work- illustrations from the classic book, East of the Sun and West of the Moon. Produced on demand from high resolution archival scans, these prints are carefully color corrected for maximum image quality and fidelity to the original book. Visit the Kay Nielsen Gallery at Imagekind to see all the available images.