I’m greatly looking forward to leafing though this new book about Disney legend Marc Davis. As you can see from the cover, Mr. Davis created some of Disney’s most memorable female characters. From the beautifully wicked villains like Cruella de Vil and Maleficent to the innocent young fairies, princesses and adventurers like Alice, Tink and Cinderella, Marc was the man with the fairer sex. Find the book on Amazon here.
I’m greatly looking forward to leafing though this new book about Disney legend Marc Davis. As you can see from the cover, Mr. Davis created some of Disney’s most memorable female characters. From the beautifully wicked villains like Cruella de Vil and Maleficent to the innocent young fairies, princesses and adventurers like Alice, Tink and Cinderella, Marc was the man with the fairer sex. Find the book on Amazon here.
I’m greatly looking forward to leafing though this new book about Disney legend Marc Davis. As you can see from the cover, Mr. Davis created some of Disney’s most memorable female characters. From the beautifully wicked villains like Cruella de Vil and Maleficent to the innocent young fairies, princesses and adventurers like Alice, Tink and Cinderella, Marc was the man with the fairer sex. Find the book on Amazon here.

I’m greatly looking forward to leafing though this new book about Disney legend Marc Davis. As you can see from the cover, Mr. Davis created some of Disney’s most memorable female characters. From the beautifully wicked villains like Cruella de Vil and Maleficent to the innocent young fairies, princesses and adventurers like Alice, Tink and Cinderella, Marc was the man with the fairer sex. Find the book on Amazon here.

As you can see, Tom Whalen (aka Strong Stuff) is an amazing illustrator who has reimagined movie posters for Disney and Pixar movies in his signature 2D style. I love his creative compositions and his careful use of limited color palates. You can purchase his fantastic work at his website.

Disney has officially released the new logo treatment and synopsis for Pixar’s forthcoming film Inside Out. 

"From the tepuis of South America to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In 2015, he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all – inside the mind of an 11-year-old named Riley. 

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
Disney has officially released the new logo treatment and synopsis for Pixar’s forthcoming film Inside Out. 

"From the tepuis of South America to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In 2015, he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all – inside the mind of an 11-year-old named Riley. 

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

Disney has officially released the new logo treatment and synopsis for Pixar’s forthcoming film Inside Out

"From the tepuis of South America to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In 2015, he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all – inside the mind of an 11-year-old named Riley. 

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

Pixarian James Ford Murphy took the stage at a special Inside Out preview event to introduce his directorial debut: Lava, the previously-rumored 2015 short that will play before Inside Out. The official synopsis reads: ”Inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, Lava is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years.” Can’t wait!!!!
Pixarian James Ford Murphy took the stage at a special Inside Out preview event to introduce his directorial debut: Lava, the previously-rumored 2015 short that will play before Inside Out. The official synopsis reads: ”Inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, Lava is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years.” Can’t wait!!!!

Pixarian James Ford Murphy took the stage at a special Inside Out preview event to introduce his directorial debut: Lava, the previously-rumored 2015 short that will play before Inside Out. The official synopsis reads: ”Inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, Lava is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years.” Can’t wait!!!!

At the Google I/O developer conference, legendary Disney animator Glen Keane (The Beast, Ariel, Pocahontas) debuted his new hand-drawn short, Duet, which he produced with Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group. The short is the third in Google’s series of Spotlight Stories that are designed to explore the possibilities of interactive animation on mobile devices. The first short in the series, Windy Day, was directed by Jan Pinkava (Geri’s Game).

When creating the delightful Italian waiter and chef from Lady and the Tramp, the animator got a little help from a couple of actors who provided live action reference. The final animation though hardly shows any traces of this reference, but it’s fun to see the real life inspiration for two of Disney animation’s most beloved side characters. (Look carefully and you can see Pluto sitting in for Lady and the Tramp.)

Here are three of my favorite theatrical print pieces from the last 53 Walt Disney Animation Movie Posters on display here. What’s your favorite?

Woah! Check out—for the first time ever— the original Disneyland prospectus (a legal document that provides details about an investment offering for sale to the public.) These maps came from one of the three sets of pitch-documents Roy and Walt Disney used to raise the money to build Disneyland. There are no archive copies of this document. Neither the Walt Disney Company nor the Walt Disney Family Museum have it….so enjoy while you can!!! This is how a trillion dreams were made.

Here’s the teaser for the Marvel-derived Big Hero 6, the Walt Disney Animation Studios film that will be out in November. The 90-second spot introduces the film’s teenage protagonist, Hiro Hamada, and his homemade robot Baymax. The teaser emphasizes humor and personality over action, and Disney over Marvel, the latter of whom is curiously not named in the teaser. It’s also nice to see a nod to the DIY/maker culture, with Hamada using both a Maya-like software and 3-D printing to create Baymax.

These are some of the many remarkable pieces on display at the Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio, San Francisco for the exhibit of famed animator and fine artist, Marc Davis, entitled “Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis.” Marc was known mostly for the wonderful villainesses he created, from Cruella DeVil to Maleficent. It’s been said that Marc modeled Cruella DeVil after a real woman who worked at Disney at the time (right down to the hairstyle, the cigarette holder and the turns of phrase she used) although he denied the rumors publicly. The generosity of Marc’s talented wife Alice (pictured above with her husband) made it possible for my wife and I to dine at Club 33. They are and were incredibly talented and classy folks. More info about the exhibit here.

This is an intricately detailed rendering of Madame Mim’s homey little witch hut tucked away deep in the woods. There are some fun details in this drawing…such as the quote emblazoned over the doorway, the “bat” cage, and the dart board on the wall. It looks like Madame Mim spent a lot of time alone playing solitaire and other games (cheating even against herself no doubt.) These subtle cues set up her character as an ultra competitive gamer, considering her great zeal and satisfaction in challenging and competing with Merlin in a Wizard’s Duel.
This is an intricately detailed rendering of Madame Mim’s homey little witch hut tucked away deep in the woods. There are some fun details in this drawing…such as the quote emblazoned over the doorway, the “bat” cage, and the dart board on the wall. It looks like Madame Mim spent a lot of time alone playing solitaire and other games (cheating even against herself no doubt.) These subtle cues set up her character as an ultra competitive gamer, considering her great zeal and satisfaction in challenging and competing with Merlin in a Wizard’s Duel.

This is an intricately detailed rendering of Madame Mim’s homey little witch hut tucked away deep in the woods. There are some fun details in this drawing…such as the quote emblazoned over the doorway, the “bat” cage, and the dart board on the wall. It looks like Madame Mim spent a lot of time alone playing solitaire and other games (cheating even against herself no doubt.) These subtle cues set up her character as an ultra competitive gamer, considering her great zeal and satisfaction in challenging and competing with Merlin in a Wizard’s Duel.

Some of my favorite Pixar posters. Which one is your favorite?

Perhaps one of the most iconic moments of the film, perfectly capturing a feeling we all can relate to…the yearning for the knowledge of the existence of another world. And the dream of an invitation.

Here again we see an example of the live action reference used by the studio to help establish the iconic character of Captain Hook. Legendary animator Frank Thomas used this footage of voice actor Hans Conried to inspire and inform his own performance in each drawing. Thanks always to Andres Deja and his amazing blog Deja View for the source materials.

Check out these awesome concept art pieces for Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion attraction. According to the Director of the Walt Disney Archives, these works of art were likely created in the late 1950s or early 1960s, during early development work on the Mansion. The colors and designs of the four sketches help establish a definitive sense of ‘mood’ and ‘space’ for the attraction—moments that theme park guests have come to love. The best part is that these vivid renderings are from early scripted ideas that ultimately (in one form or another) wound up in the final attraction. Awesome!