30 7 / 2014

Walt Disney shows off his most cartoony cartoonist, Ward Kimball, in this studio shot from 1949.
For more info on Kimball, check out this mini-documentary made for the Disney Channel. It’s smart and silly — just like Ward!

Walt Disney shows off his most cartoony cartoonist, Ward Kimball, in this studio shot from 1949.

For more info on Kimball, check out this mini-documentary made for the Disney Channel. It’s smart and silly — just like Ward!

30 7 / 2014

Ward Kimball’s character sketches for the mice in Cinderella. (x)

Fun fact: Kimball not only animated all of the mice in Cinderella, he also animated Lucifer the cat! Incredible!

30 7 / 2014

The endlessly entertaining Lucifer, as animated by Ward Kimball. (x)

28 7 / 2014

triposino:

"Disney Heroines Simple Lines" by David Gilson

triposino:

"Disney Heroines Simple Lines" by David Gilson

(via cheerupcharms)

23 7 / 2014

Marc Davis’ pencil animation for Aurora from Sleeping Beauty.
(Via Les Héroïnes Disney)

Marc Davis’ pencil animation for Aurora from Sleeping Beauty.

(Via Les Héroïnes Disney)

23 7 / 2014

Tom Oreb’s ADORABLE character designs for Aurora from Sleeping Beauty. (Via)

Fun fact: Oreb modeled the princess’ features and posture after Audrey Hepburn!

23 7 / 2014

Early character designs for Aurora from Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.

(Via Les Héroïnes Disney)

17 7 / 2014

17 7 / 2014

Ah, what could’ve been…

Here’s some tangible evidence of Animal Kingdom’s never-built land, Beastly Kingdom.

From the top: The original Animal Kingdom logo featuring a dragon. The large dragon’s head that decorates one of the park’s ticket booths. The dragon rock/fountain, once seen on the Discovery River ride. The smoking (and occasionally fire-breathing) cave, ALSO once glimpsed on the Discovery River ride. The Animal Kingdom’s Unicorn Lot sign. A small, plastic dragon released as a McDonald’s Happy Meal toy to promote the park’s opening in 1998. The Happy Meal box containing the aforementioned toy.

17 7 / 2014

Two beautiful pieces of concept art for Fantasia Gardens, a never-built boat ride that was to be included in Animal Kingdom’s never-built land, Beastly Kingdom.

17 7 / 2014

"In the mythical world of unicorns, dragons and other magical creatures, guests will come face to face with make-believe animals from legends, fairy tales and storybooks — all of which play an important role in the circle of life because of their powerful hold on our imagination. The creatures will come to life through Disney’s creative storytelling."

Since The World Began's description of Beastly Kingdom, a proposed land at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom. Sadly, Beastly Kingdom would never be built.

(Shown above: Six pieces of concept art for Beastly Kingdom)

17 7 / 2014

Concept art for Beastly Kingdom, a proposed land at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. Beastly Kingdom would have featured “make-believe animals from fairy tales, legends and storybooks.”

17 7 / 2014

skunkandburningtires:

Disney Is Developing A ‘Haunted Mansion’ Animated Special
THR reports: “Disney Television Animation is celebrating the 45th anniversary of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion attraction in a big way. The studio is developing [an] animated special inspired by the ghoulishly fun popular theme park attraction. […] The Haunted Mansion special will be animated by legendary horror genre artist and children’s book illustrator Gris Grimly (Gris Grimly’s Wicked Nursery Rhymes), who also will exec produce and art direct. Scott Peterson(Phineas and Ferb) will serve as writer, EP and story editor.
To read the whole article, click here.

skunkandburningtires:

Disney Is Developing A ‘Haunted Mansion’ Animated Special

THR reports: “Disney Television Animation is celebrating the 45th anniversary of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion attraction in a big way. The studio is developing [an] animated special inspired by the ghoulishly fun popular theme park attraction. […] The Haunted Mansion special will be animated by legendary horror genre artist and children’s book illustrator Gris Grimly (Gris Grimly’s Wicked Nursery Rhymes), who also will exec produce and art direct. Scott Peterson(Phineas and Ferb) will serve as writer, EP and story editor.

To read the whole article, click here.

16 7 / 2014

skunkandburningtires:

"The school bully wanted to pummel me every day after school. I would walk home, and he would wait for me. He would come out from behind a corner and — just like in some old movie — he would start beating on me. One day he came after me, and I said, ‘Stop! I will draw you a picture of Darth Vader if you leave me alone.’

"And he had his fist cocked, and he said, ‘Really?’

"And I said, ‘Yeah, and it’ll be GOOD. I promise.’"

Lilo & Stitch and How to Train Your Dragon writer/director Dean DeBlois on when he began to suspect he might have a future in art

(Quote via the AMAZING 2+ hour documentary, The Making of Lilo & Stitch, included on the 2 DVD version of Lilo & Stitch: Big Wave Edition DVD — currently just $9.98 on Amazon!)

12 7 / 2014

skunkandburningtires:

Lilo & Stitch vs. Racist Tourists

This deleted scene from Lilo & Stitch has always impressed me with its attempt to address the casual racism and rudeness often displayed by tourists to Hawaii. But it wasn’t until I was watching this scene again this morning that I noticed another amazing thing about it:

The directors of the film actually cast themselves as two of the rude racists!

At the :10 mark, the two guys in the Jeep that pull up beside Lilo and shout, “Hey, speak English?” are Dean DeBlois (driving) and Chris Sanders (riding shotgun) — the writers/directors of Lilo & Stitch.

While it was pretty ballsy for Sanders and DeBlois to try and include a scene critiquing outsiders’ treatment of Hawaii’s residents, it’s even more impressive to see that they would include themselves in this critique. It shows that they were not merely pointing their fingers at others, but also taking responsibility for any accidental slights or offensives they may have committed while researching and creating the film.

(Note: A better look at Sanders and DeBlois’ animated alter-egos can be seen at the 1:34 mark. That’s them running past — and into! — Cobra Bubbles. For color stills from this scene, click here.)

I love this film!!!

This deleted scene is included on the Lilo & Stitch: Big Wave Edition DVD — currently just $9.98 on Amazon!