Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Fabulous Fantasia



A collection of amazing model sheets are being offered at Heritage Auctions. Created by Disney's character model department they show a versatility of styles and artistic approaches, depending on the individual artist who drew them. The Bacchus sheet consists of sketches by Ward Kimball. He did not enjoy this assignment, he phoned it in, as you might say today. Ward had his eyes on the Dance of the Hours sequence, but didn't end up working on it.
Zeus, Vulcan, Apollo and his horses are portrayed in an exaggerated 1940s art deco style with intriguing anatomy.
And the two Pegasus sheets just kill me. The volume in line drawing, the perspective, unbelievable!
Stylized realism, yet animatable.
Stuff for the ages.

8 comments:

  1. "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast" is my favorite Disney movies, I wonder if Ollie Johnston, Milt Kahl, Frank Thomas, Marc Davis and Eric Larson work on the projects in the 1940s with Kay Nielsen the concept art of the early project of The Little Mermaid in 1941.

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  2. I couldn’t agree more. I loved the Pastoral sequence. The grace and beauty of the flying horses was beautifully done particularly when they seem to be running through the air.

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  3. Zeus, Bacchus and Pegasus appear to share a number of design similarities to the ones used in Hercules. Were their supervising animators told to use the Fantasia designs for inspiration?

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    1. We looked at everything, mostly ancient Greek art.

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    2. I visited Greece the Temple of Athens last year in August 2017 with my parents it's very beautiful those temple, have you visited in Greece Andreas with the trip wen Hercules was in development 22 years ago in 1995 ?.

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    3. The Temple of Athens are very dangerous and fragile I can't believe it why it's very high in the mountain, my Dad take me there to visited because it's from his work in France.

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  4. The Pegasus sheets are drawn by the talented and underrated Don Towsley, who animated many Donald Duck shorts.

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  5. It makes me a little sad how the characters Vulcan, Apollo and his horses changed.
    In the suggestions they are so powerful and in "FANTASIA" I see a softer more cartonish version...

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