Friday, July 11, 2014

Wendy and Peter's Shadow

I’ve always loved this section from the film Peter Pan’s opening sequence. 
The backgrounds look very soft and dreamlike, and the character situation is just wonderful. Wendy explains to Peter that he can’t attach his lost shadow using soap, it needs sewing (who knew?). What great cartoon logic!

Peter Pan obviously doesn’t know the proper shadow attachment technique yet.

Kathryn Beaumont acted these scenes out for animator Les Clark. Quite the contraption as a stand in for Peter’s leg.

A nice animation key drawing by Les Clark.

Can you believe this background from the sequence? What amazing lighting. The beauty of these backdrops is that they look a little deserted without the character level, like a gorgeous painting that is missing something. This little masterpiece is on screen for only a few seconds.

A frame from the scene.

The craftsmanship and care that went into making these Disney movies never ceases to amaze me.