Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Truth about Mother Goose

What a great color sketch by Eyvind Earle for the Disney featurette film The Truth about Mother Goose. Disney Wiki says this about the film:

The Truth about Mother Goose was an animated short, released on August 28, 1957.
It explained the historical backgrounds of three popular nursery rhymes, "Little Jack Horner", which is based on a story about a servant who stole the deed for an estate intended for King Henry VIII of England. "Mary, Mary Quite Contrary", which is about Mary, Queen of Scots, and "London Bridge", which concerns the history of the real bridge, which "fell down" and was rebuilt.

The film was directed by Woolie Reitherman and Bill Justice. I love the art direction, starting with Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom from 1953 Disney Modern was in full swing in a variety of short films and eventually the feature film Sleeping Beauty.

A group of animators headed up by Cliff Nordberg was responsible for the mostly limited, but beautiful  style of movement.


  1. I love The Truth About Mother Goose! Page Cavanaugh, who provided the vocals with his trio, was a dear friend of mine. He even sang at my wedding. I've always loved the look of this featurette. Thanks for posting this, Andreas! -Scott Wolf

  2. the first 2 designs just blew me away. who invented this, where did that stylistic approach come from? look at he windows, the use of texture. not to forget eyvind earle's beautiful color choices. everything is right, genius!!!

  3. sad the studio doesn't use that style anymore

  4. Having just discovered this short film recently, it's very good in both education and entertainment. And the art-style is a nice harbinger for "Sleeping Beauty"s design.