Friday, June 30, 2023

Mushka - Official Animated Short Film Trailer

Here is an easy access to my film trailer MUSHKA. 
I am very happy to say that we recently won a Kids Choice Award at Palm Springs international short film festival. Reviews for the movie are starting to show up. This one tells me that MUSHKA has the potential to touch people in all the right ways:

Thursday, June 29, 2023

Clemens Pasch

I had never heard of this artist until I watched a Youtube video from the German TV show "Bares fuer Rares" (Cash for Rare Things). The US equivalent is "Antiques Roadshow".

Someone brought a Pasch sculpture into the TV studio for evaluation. The style is somewhat typical for the modernism of the 1950s-1960s. A realistic but simplified design with an almost two dimensional graphic approach. Pasch's work also includes humor in the way his human and animal sculpts are proportioned and staged.

I found this delightful work by him called Adam & Eve (The Apple) online.

Pasch lived from 1910 to 1985.

Friday, June 16, 2023

Lilo Pre-Animation Sheets


As I continue to organize my archive, I keep finding things that actually should be back with Disney. Like these sheets I drew before I started animation with Lilo. At that time I tried to analyze Chris Sanders' drawing style and make it work for animation. Of course the character evolved over time visually as I began animating production scenes. But this is how I started. 

I am kind of proud of my work on that film. And I will return these sheets to Disney.

Sunday, June 11, 2023

Happy Birthday, Richard M. Sherman!


Last night I had the pleasure to join a group of friends, singers and the family of Richard Sherman to celebrate his 95th birthday. The venue was a small cabaret type theatre, but the mood in the room was filled with great affection and love for this man. Who does not know a Sherman Brothers song?

Everybody visiting a Disney Theme Park is familiar with what has become the most played song of all time "It's a Small World". Richard is amused by the fact that some people love this tune, and others are annoyed by it because they can't get it out of their head. It is an ear worm for sure. Once in a while, at parties or other gatherings,  Richard plays "It's a Small World" in a slow tempo. It is then when you realize how meaningful the lyrics actually are. This is an anthem for peace.

So many great songs over the years. We even got to listen to some that were outtakes, as well as songs written for never performed stage musicals. 

I can't say enough about Richard's talent, his enthusiasm and curiosity (for life), his generosity and kindness. The fact that we have a Sherman song in MUSHKA is because Richard offered to write one...not because I asked him to. That just didn't cross my mind way back, after all...this is Richard Sherman. He was so collaborative with composer Fabrizio Mancinelli and me, always encouraging about storytelling and music. I remember telling him about the ending of the film, mentioning that there is an A and a B version. He immediately shouted: "It's version B, you've got to do version B!" Version B was the more emotional ending, and of course that became the final version.

It was so much fun growing up with Sherman Brothers songs, and I still pinch myself today as I realize that I got to work with the great Richard M. Sherman.

That's of course his wife Elizabeth with him in the photo. And who offered them this specific kind of beverage?? Elizabeth is equally wonderful, she can tell stories in a way that will have you rolling on the floor, she is that funny. I love the way they are holding hands. The two of them got married the year I was born.

By the way, in the far back right, you see me talking to Maestro Mancinelli.

To finish off this post, here are those lyrics for "It's a Small World":

It's a world of laughterA world of tearsIt's a world of hopesAnd a world of fearsThere's so much that we shareThat it's time we're awareIt's a small world after all
It's a small world after allIt's a small world after allIt's a small world after allIt's a small, small world
There is just one moonAnd one golden sunAnd a smile meansFriendship to ev'ryoneThough the mountains divideAnd the oceans are wideIt's a small world after all
It's a small world after allIt's a small world after allIt's a small world after allIt's a small, small world

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Bernard Garbutt Cows

Cows are a lot of fun to draw. It is fascinating to watch their "boney" anatomical structure in motion. The hip bones alone are so unique and great to analyze. These wonderful sketches are are by Bernard Garbutt, who worked at Disney as a an animal drawing instructor for a few years during the Golden Age of Animation. I love these pages from his sketchbook because of the loose quality combined with astute observation.

Makes me want to visit a farm and do my own cow life drawings.


Here's a link to a previous post on Garbutt's art:

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Palm Springs ShortFest


Go here to get tickets for the screening:

Tom Oreb's Graphic Influence

There are some interesting Tom Oreb drawings currently being offered at Howard Lowery Auctions.

You have to admit that his design for Roger Radcliff from 101 Dalmatians very much resembles the final version which was crafted by Milt Kahl. The overall proportions, facial features and definitions of cloths' fabric were set in Oreb's graphic approach. Milt just refined all of this to his liking and to his animation style.


I've posted about the design for Nanny before, and I still believe that something got lost in the final version. Oreb's sketches here show more distinctive features, particularly her face. In the film she looks a bit like the 4th Good Fairy from Sleeping Beauty.

I have not seen any of Oreb's designs for Anita anywhere. I am sure he gave that character as much thought as Roger. And again, Milt's final version is a triumph. An appealing leading lady who doesn't look like the Disney heroines that came before her.
I grabbed this montage of beautiful drawings from someone's post.

All these beautiful shapes and lines appear within the characters as well as the backgrounds. I feel like audiences were not only presented with a great animated movie, they also got a lesson in modern art.