Sunday, September 11, 2016

Behind the Scenes of Jungle Book and Aristocats

Some wonderful never before seen photos featuring a look into the production process of The Jungle Book and The Aristocats recently surfaced on Getty Images.
The pic above shows voice actors Sebastian Cabot, Sterling Holloway and Phil Harris during a reading or recording session. Bagheera, Kaa and Baloo in the same room!
Clint Howard (director Ron Howard's brother) is lending his voice to Colonel Hathi's son.

Background painter Al Dempster is arranging stunning Jungle Book backgrounds on story board panels. 

Ollie Johnston animates a scene with Bagheera, the panther.

Director Woolie Reitherman, John Lounsbery and a couple of assistants are reviewing pencil animation on a moviola.

It turns out they are looking at Lounsbery's fight sequence with Shere Khan and the Vultures.

The same group is inspecting Jungle Book character models, which were used to promote the film.

Al Dempster is inspecting a cel from a King Louie scene, animated by Frank Thomas.

A cel set up featuring Mowgli's confrontation with Shere Khan is being reviewed, before being sent to the camera department.

Woolie's mind is already on the next animated feature The Aristocats. He is looking at Ken Anderson's character research.

More of Ken's work is being discussed.

I don't know when these rate photos were taken, but my guess would be sometime in 1967. Jungle Book wasn't released until later that year, and Aristocats was in pre-production.


  1. Really great photos. Andreas, I had never seen those maquetes of the characters from Jungle Book, they are amazing. Do they have them still at ARL or in the Archives? Have you ever seen them in person or they disappeared?

    1. I have never seen those maquettes before, Sandro. No idea where they might be now.

    2. I never see this pictures of the making of the Jungle Book this photo one in color it looks new.

  2. There pegs on the Moviola display? I wonder why...

    1. Perhaps to register a layout or BG?

  3. The purpose of pegs on a moviola is so that animators can rotoscope the images (from live action film) or to apply animation corrections with a sheet of paper over the projected image (typically a Director or animator can ruff out a pose or new line of action).