– The Pastoral sequence from Fantasia is definitely not a favorite of mine. I have a lot of problems with it that it’s best not to start a critique. However, these days – there being so much bad art-in-animation – it’s like saying it’s my least favorite Rembrandt.
Just the same, I’ll still say the sensibility offers everything I dislike about Disney.
In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been posting artwork from the Deems Taylor book, Fantasia. This is pretty much a storybook for all the sequences from Fantasia. It was published in 1940 by Simon & Schuster.
Here are the illustrations for the sequence featuring the Pastoral by Beethoven.
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This is probably my favorite drawing in the sequence. There’s a lot of power in it.
There’s not much to say about drawings like these. They’re very skillful but very sweet.
I like this image. There’s a lot of atmosphere in it, and it seems to fit well into the book’s design overall.
I’m not convinced that these drawings are by Fred Moore, though they’re obviously trying
to emulate what Moore has done.
I don’t know how this image made the book. I suppose they needed one of these centaur types. Surely, there must have been a better drawing done for the sequence.
Another drawing of these very cute characters, but I think this one is really
well done, trading in a lot of the cuteness for artistry.
__Bacchus. Ward Kimball animated a lot of this character and did a good job of it.
__I think it’s probably the best animation in the sequence.
__These look like Kimball’s drawings from the sequence.
_____Thor. I’m glad the final didn’t look like this.
__The animation drawing of Zeus is attractive. The character was nicely done.
This color sketch of Zeus is quite different though it gives a good sense of what they were looking for in the sequence.
__More Moore? I think so.
__This image appears in quite a few places representing the sequence.
__This, I think, is a nice, rough drawing.