Category Archives: Illustration

1931 Disney Staff Caricatures & Profiles – pt 2

Johnny Cannon loves sex, Hazell Sewell makes no bones about her job, and Frenchy de Tremaudan self-depricates. Advertisements

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1931 Disney Staff Caricatures & Profiles – pt 1

Half by accident, half by definite purpose, I stumbled upon an auction of Disney memorabilia and in it was included a page of a magazine called Motion Picture Daily.  It had caricatures of Disney staffers from the early ’30s.  After … Continue reading

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Disney Subversives: Ward Kimball and Walt Kelly

Of all the real-life characters in Disney history, Ward Kimball (b. 3/4/14) is one of the most fascinating.  Among the “Nine Old Men” of Disney animation, i.e. the company loyalists, Kimball was the only one who unequivocally felt that the … Continue reading

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Donald Duck says Disney is Unfair

You’ve got to admit, the Disney strikers of ’41 knew how to design a flyer.

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Disney’s Art Models

For the Disney artists of the 1930s and early 40s, a huge credit of their exponential growth is owed to the in-studio art classes.  And while teachers like Don Graham and Eugene Fleury deserve their due, this post is to … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas from Bill and Art

What luck that Art Babbitt saved this terrific Christmas card that he and Bill Tytla devised. The two were living together in a sprawling bachelor pad on Tuxedo Terrace.  They were also working together as top animators at the Walt … Continue reading

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Organized Labor vs Steamboat Willie

Sure, Art Babbitt and Walt Disney fought on opposite sides of the union during the Disney Strike, … but Walt Disney had a run-in with union unrest before Mickey Mouse ever premiered in his first film, Steamboat Willie! In late … Continue reading

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