Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Song of the South Art

These gorgeous storyboard sketches by Bill Peet as well as the preliminary background/color studies (presumably by Mary Blair) show that the art of Disney Animation was still riding high during the mid 1940s. Song of the South was released in 1946. 
The studio had gone through a sizable staff reduction after a few of their high profile animated features failed to generate profits. Pinocchio, Fantasia and Bambi all disappointed at the box-office.

How an animation studio can survive a severe blow like this one is a mystery to me. And on top of it Disney continued to produce beautiful short films that still had a sense of experimentation in terms of style and story.


  1. Have you met Mary Blair, Andreas, I know you can make a book about Tyrus Wong and Mary Blair, because the book of "The Art of Marc Davis" was released in 2014.

    1. I think Mary Blair died a few years before Andreas went to America, unfortunately

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  3. Thanks again for sharing! These are Amazing!Cheers from San Diego!

  4. Love that one of Uncle Remus coming over the hill!! Fantastic!

  5. the "cursed" Disney picture!however,the art is lovely and timeless

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