August 29th, 2016

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Illustration: Harper Goff in Coronet Magazine

Harper Goff in Coronet Magazine

Illustration by Harper Goff

Harper Goff in Coronet MagazineHarper Goff in Coronet MagazineHere’s another batch of illustration from late 40s Coronet magazines. This group of images isn’t interesting so much for their style as much as their authenticity. With a clarity of staging reminiscent of production designs for classic motion pictures, these paintings vividly show the value of careful research into period costume, props and decor. The first batch is a history of medicine by Leslie Saalburg. The last is a review of classic children’s literature by Douglass Crockwell. But the most interesting is the middle feature, Carl Sandberg’s "Blood on the Moon" illustrated by Disney imagineer, Harper Goff.

Harper Goff was born in 1911, and studied art at Chouinard Art Institute. He was an accomplished illustrator, working for Colliers, Esquire and Coronet. Goff was employed as a set designer for Warner Bros on classic films like Sergeant York, Casablanca and Captain Blood. He met Walt Disney in a model train store in London, and was invited on the spot to join the Disney staff.

Harper Goff Nautilus

Goff’s first assignment was to storyboard a True Life Adventure story dealing with undersea life, but expanded the idea into a feature film adaptation of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Goff’s designs for the submarine and its plush interiors were the most striking part of the film, resulting in an Oscar for Art Direction and Special Effects. Goff played banjo in the Disney studio Dixieland jazz band, "The Firehouse Five" and was the designer of the World Showcase at Epcot. He passed away in 1993.

MEDICINE ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
by Leslie Saalburg

Harper Goff in Coronet Magazine
Harper Goff in Coronet Magazine
Harper Goff in Coronet Magazine
Harper Goff in Coronet Magazine
Harper Goff in Coronet Magazine
Harper Goff in Coronet Magazine
Harper Goff in Coronet Magazine

SANDBURG’S BLOOD ON THE MOON
By Harper Goff

Harper Goff in Coronet Magazine
Harper Goff in Coronet Magazine
Harper Goff in Coronet Magazine
Harper Goff in Coronet Magazine
Harper Goff in Coronet Magazine
Harper Goff in Coronet Magazine
Harper Goff in Coronet Magazine
Harper Goff in Coronet Magazine

A TREASURY OF LITERARY CLASSICS
by Douglass Crockwell

Harper Goff in Coronet Magazine
Harper Goff in Coronet Magazine
Harper Goff in Coronet Magazine
Harper Goff in Coronet Magazine
Harper Goff in Coronet Magazine
Harper Goff in Coronet Magazine
Harper Goff in Coronet Magazine

Thanks to Rich Borowy for donating these great vintage magazines to Animation Resources.

Stephen Worth
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Animation Resources

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August 29th, 2016

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PODCAST: Sunday Screening Now Available On The Members Only Page

Cubby Bear

Every Sunday evening the Animation Resources Digital Archive Project hosts a screening on Facebook. This week’s podcast showcases a newly restored collection of Van Beuren cartoons produced by Advisory Board member Steve Stanchfield. Our podcasts are hosted on Facebook for 24 hours, then are archived on the Members Only page. Tune in to our Facebook page on Sunday evenings to see our screenings and JOIN Animation Resources to access the archive of past podcasts.

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August 26th, 2016

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Illustration: Mabel Lucie Attwell’s Peter Pan and Wendy

Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and Wendy

Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and WendyMabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and WendyThere often seems to be a disconnect between the illustrators Walt Disney hired to do inspirational artwork for his films and the designs he actually ended up using. On Snow White, Disney hired the amazing painter, Gustaf Tenggren; but his instructions to him were to paint in the style of Arthur Rackham. For Peter Pan, he hired the illustrator David Hall, but the film itself doesn’t resemble his work at all. Instead, it’s actually closer to being a "Disneyfication" of Mabel Lucie Attwell’s illustrations for the 1921 edition of J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan & Wendy.

Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and WendyMabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and WendyAttwell was born in 1879 and received some education at the Regent School of Art and Heatherley’s School of Art in London, but she grew bored with her academic studies and dropped out to focus on her own interests… painting cherubic children and fairies. Her work wasn’t very warmly received at first by galleries and agents, but when her first batch of paintings sold out in three days, they became much more enthusiastic. Attwell illustrated greeting cards and children’s books, the most famous of which we are featuring today, Peter Pan & Wendy.

Disney didn’t appropriate Attwell’s baby faced characters, but he did use some of the same details of costume and setting, and placed the emphasis of his visual storytelling on many of the same elements. Attwell’s designs lean a bit too heavily on formula, but there is a distinctive delicate appeal to her style. Enjoy.

Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and Wendy
Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and Wendy
Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and Wendy
Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and Wendy
Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and Wendy
Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and Wendy
Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and Wendy
Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and Wendy
Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and Wendy
Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and Wendy
Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and Wendy
Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and Wendy
Mabel Lucie Attwell Peter Pan and Wendy

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