Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Something is Missing

The character of course. I was told by a Disney background painter, who worked on most of the classics, that a BG should look like an empty stage set. Waiting for the character to enter and give a performance. Therefor the BG should look "unfinished" in order to make room for one more element, the animated actor(s).
The first image is a color study by Mel Shaw for The Fox & the Hound.

The Little Whirlwind


Robin Hood

Sleeping Beauty

101 Dalmatians


  1. Hallo Andreas, es gibt unter den deutschen Büchern wieder ein namedropping mit Bild und ein paar Disneysätze. Es passt farblich zu OHNE DRESSCODE von 2012, wie auch Disney-DVDs vom Coverrücken einen schönen Farbverlauf haben °o°. Leider online nur bei ebay: Ich schicke gerne eins nach L.A. liebe Grüße Christian

  2. This has also become a common approach to background music. We're used to such full scores in the classic films, very Ravel-inspired (especially Bambi). Some could (should, really) stand on their own as complete works.

    But today, especially composers like Hans Zimmer (and to a lesser degree, Giacchino and Silvestri) tend to drop down to just 2-note chords when the characters are talking. In effect, the character's/actor's voice and inflections make up the 3rd note to complete the triad.

    1. Yeah films like Bambi have more room for melody because the characters don't talk a lot.
      A lot of that Zimmer-style stuff is kind of uninspiring for me

  3. Hey Andreas, can you do a post that involves Frank and Ollie’s animation on Winnie the Pooh and Piglet? You never really seem to talk about the original animated shorts from the 60s and 70s.

  4. I love the backgrounds from Disney. It's so beautiful!

  5. The backgrounds from 101 Dalmatians remind me a lot of Maurice Noble works. The accessories of the scene taking color from behind them. Brilliant stuff!