Tuesday, November 18, 2014

THE RESCUERS Pan B/G

THE RESCUERS (Disney, 1977) was a landmark film, marking the passing of the animation baton from the Nine Old Men to the new generation of animators. It's a beautiful film, visually and emotionally. Lots of old school Disney charm!

Today I've digitally re-assembled a fabulous pan background. Our hero Evinrude flies across this swampy landscape to escape some nasty bats.

I left Evinrude in the first frame. He's to cute to digitally eradicate!

As usual with a pan B/G, I'm posting the entire image, then broken it into thirds so you can savor the detail. As this was a night scene, out of necessity I've lightened the artwork so the details POP.

Beautiful artwork from a lovely little film!






ARE YOU OUT THERE?

I'm resuming posting and I'll continue - but the last two posts got ZERO comments!

No need for elaborate notes - but if you're seeing this please let me know. Thanks!

101 DALMATIANS

Home theatre isn't really a new concept - Pongo and Perdida had one in the 60s!

I love the modern look of all the 101 background art, very linear with color washes. This BG was printed and distributed as a backing for cels sold at Disneyland's once-upon-a-time Art Corner - imagine Disney cels for a dollar!

I've recreated the piece digitally as usual, erasing the tail-wagging pup. :)


Monday, November 17, 2014

JIMINY CRICKET - I'M NO FOOL

The educational films Disney created in the 60s are beautifully crafted and still charming over 50 years later. The "library" background art using books as sets was inspired. Lookie!

The JIMINY title card art (digitally restored)



opening shot



opening medium shot


restored pan background


various book backgrounds - beautiful little set
s!






Thursday, November 6, 2014

POOH: Heffalumps and Woozles!

Here are some digitally reconstructed b/g pieces from the HEFFALUMPS AND WOOZLES segment of THE MANY ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE POOH.

I've always admired the style of the POOH backgrounds. Modern, detailed and cartooney. Enjoy!




 Here's a pan B/G with Pooh entering from the right...
 and some stylish abstract B/Gs -


Sunday, March 2, 2014

THE WISE LITTLE HEN pan B/G

Every once in as while I get obsessed with an image...
it is full of road blocks but I refuse to give up!
Such was the case with this one.
Using every tool/skill I have 
I finally completed this wonderful pan B/G.
Early Disney has a distinct charm about it!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

LAND BEFORE TIME part one


By request, here are digitally recreated B/Gs from Don Bluth's LAND BEFORE TIME.

This DVD release is unfortunately a contender for the noisiest film to video transfer  I've ever seen - 
but the art is beautiful as we expect from Bluth.
The character design was very appealing - like Bambi with dinosaurs.
The stark backgrounds balanced the cuteness of the animation.
On some of these I've retained the characters - 
to show scale, interplay between cels and B/Gs, 
or where they simply couldn't be eliminated.
Was Bluth as good as classic Disney?
At his very best... pretty darn close.

Please remember to click on the images to see them at full size!




first pan B/G




 a beautiful vertical pan B/G. Note the dinosaur at the bottom - this is a BIG pan B/G!