Sunday, August 7, 2016

Ostrich Studies for Fantasia

These are sketchbook pages from Disney artist and animal drawing teacher Bernard Garbutt. Beautiful, loose drawings from life. They give us an insight into the depth of research that was done in order to get a thorough understanding of ostriches' anatomy and motion. All this effort paid of when it came too animating these birds for Fantasia's Dance of the Hours.
This is what I've always loved about Disney's approach to animation. You learn as much as you possibly can about your subject, and then go to town with that knowledge in your animation.

These drawings go back as far as 1932, even though Fantasia wasn't released until 1940.

More on Bernard Garbutt here:


  1. The dessine of the ostrich in fantasia looks wonderful bernard garbutt did Beauty full sketches i like that.

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  3. I had no idea they were even thinking about what would happen after Snow White as far back as that.
    Even when Snow White was in full swing, it was so life-or-death for them that it must have been hard to prepare for what would happen after

  4. I think that the ratites (ostriches, rheas, emus, cassowaries, and kiwis) naturally lend themselves to such comically exaggerated drawing, as seen in FANTASIA.

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