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Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Illustration: Uncle Remus Stories 1949

Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories

On Saturday Animation Resources volunteer, Eric Graf brought by another treasure for us to digitize… a 1949 edition of the Disney Giant Golden Book, "Uncle Remus Stories". It features a spectacular cover by Mary Blair and many beautiful interior illustrations by Al Dempster and Bill Justice.

This book is interesting, not just for its relationship to the rarely seen Disney film, Song of the South, but for the material that doesn’t appear in the film. Along with the familiar stories about the Tar Baby and Brer Rabbit’s Laffin’ Place, the book illustrates a dozen other stories like "De Great Rabbit Terrapin Race", "Brer Fox and de Stolen Goobers" and "Why de Cricket Fambly Lives in Chimbleys".

Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
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Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
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the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Animation.

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Illustration: Disney Christmas Cards

50s Disney Xmas Cards

50s Disney Xmas Cards50s Disney Xmas CardsNot a creature was stirring… except Mickey Mouse!

The weather is turning snappy, and the holiday cards are beginning to arrive, so Christmas must be close on the horizon. It’s time again to share this batch of wonderful Christmas cards from the Disney studio collected by Disney animator, Claire Weeks from 1938 through the mid-1950s. The designs on these cards are so much fun, it makes you wish the films themselves looked this cartoony.

1938

Merry Christmas From Animation Resources
Merry Christmas From Animation Resources
Merry Christmas From Animation Resources
Merry Christmas From Animation Resources
Merry Christmas From Animation Resources
Merry Christmas From Animation Resources

1948

50s Disney Xmas Cards
50s Disney Xmas Cards

1949

50s Disney Xmas Cards
50s Disney Xmas Cards
50s Disney Xmas Cards

1950

50s Disney Xmas Cards
50s Disney Xmas Cards
50s Disney Xmas Cards

1951

50s Disney Xmas Cards
50s Disney Xmas Cards
50s Disney Xmas Cards

1952

50s Disney Xmas Cards
50s Disney Xmas Cards
50s Disney Xmas Cards

1953

50s Disney Xmas Cards
50s Disney Xmas Cards
50s Disney Xmas Cards

1954

50s Disney Xmas Cards
50s Disney Xmas Cards
50s Disney Xmas Cards

1955

50s Disney Xmas Cards
50s Disney Xmas Cards
50s Disney Xmas Cards

1956

50s Disney Xmas Cards
50s Disney Xmas Cards
50s Disney Xmas Cards

All of us at Animation Resources wish you and your families the best this holiday season.

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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This posting is part of a series of articles comprising an online exhibit spotlighting Illustration.
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This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Animation.

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Animation: Disney’s Artist Tryout Book

Disney Artist Tryout Book

Today, we scanned another fascinating document from the collection of Clair Weeks. This is the "Disney Studios Artist’s Tryout Book" from 1938. It provides a valuable overview of the production process and description of the various job categories. You will definitely want to print this out and study it carefully.

Here are some quotes from this booklet that you might find interesting…

STORY MEN must be able to draw. The stories are not written but are visualized in sketch form.

The value of an animator is dependent upon his ability to dramatize and caricature life, and to time and stage his characters’ actions in an unusual and interesting way. An animator must be a showman- he must know how to entertain an audience, to present a gag, to picture dramatically an ordinary incident. Above all, he must be a sure and skillful draftsman.

THE DIRECTOR must have complete knowledge of every phase of animation, have executive ability and outstanding dramatic talent. He must be familiar with practically all of the Arts… To date, all directors have arisen from the ranks of the Studio, sometimes through story work, but more often through animation. Because of the complexity of animation it seems that this will continue to be the case.

All inking and painting of celluloids, and all tracing done in the Studio is perfomed exclusively by a large staff of girls known as Inkers and Painters… This is the only department in the Disney Studio open to women artists.

Disney Artist Tryout Book

The original brochure was in very poor condition, with tears and waterstains throughout. I’m sure that this was carried around in Weeks’ back pocket for quite a while. But Photoshop can work miracles, so these scans ended up looking better than the original.

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Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

Animated CartoonsAnimated Cartoons

This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Animation.