These paintings were done by John Watkiss. He’s an amazing artist (http://johnwatkiss.blogspot.com/). I remember my wife and I went to his home when he was working on “World of Tomorrow”. The art was amazing. He makes it look so easy! I remember that was the day (probably spring 2002) when I first heard of “chem clouds”. He pointed out the peculiar clouds being formed by jet contrails. I’ve been looking up since that day and observed a lot of strange patterns in the sky caused by contrails. There’s a whole conspiracy on that subject with lots of evidence and speculation. Anyway, I don’t think he gets the amount of credit he deserves on many of his films.
I’m one of those people who will pause and examine frames from my favorite movies. The details are awesome, but I was a little disappointed by how straight the copy is on the props. I was hoping for something more whimsical.
My favorite character in the movie. -Waveybrain
Went to Disneyland the other day. Luckily, the Frankenweenie display was still up. Too cool!
I remember seeing designs for Treasure Planet before I got to work on it. I was so excited to work on a Ron and John film. The designs (like these) and development art looked really interesting to work on. In the course of production these cool aliens got diluted because they had to simplify a lot of the “line mileage” to bring costs down; there wasn’t enough time allocated to the animators who had to animate many of these strange characters; and on top of that, the clean-up of especially the secondary characters looked hacked out in my view. Unfortunately, it all added up to a film that didn’t live up to it’s potential. -Waveybrain
Treasure Planet Aliens Model Sheet
More still. What? It’s great work! -Waveybrain
Happy Birthday, Mary Blair. (:
Andres Deja, one of Disney’s top animators over the past 30 years has a blog now. He has posted some great original artwork from many of Disney’s classic and best artists along with sharing some personal stories and inspiration he has acquired over the years. If you’re interested, it’s worth checking out. Andreas is one of the most passionate and outspoken proponents of traditional animation.