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Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

Animation: Bambi

Bambi

Here’s a nice overview of items related to Bambi… color keys, animation drawings, model sheets courtesy of my friend Mark Kirkland…

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Bambi
Bambi’s Father
Animation Drawing by Milt Kahl

Bambi
Bambi’s Mother
Animation Drawing by Frank Thomas

Bambi
Model Sheet by Marc Davis

Bambi
Bambi
Character Design by Marc Davis

The wonderful thing about our digital archive is that it allows collectors to share their treasures with the world. If you have artwork you would like to loan us to be digitized, please drop me a line.

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

Animated CartoonsAnimated Cartoons

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

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Monday, April 12th, 2021

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.

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Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

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
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Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
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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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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

Animated CartoonsAnimated Cartoons

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

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