Animation Artifacts &Disney &Models 27 Jun 2008 08:06 am

Part 2 -Rico LeBrun’s guides

- Rico LeBrun, an established Italian artist, was employed at the Disney studio in the late ’30s to help teach the studio’s artists to learn how to draw animals. Bambi was in process, and Disney knew that he had to train his artists to reach to a new level.

In his preparation for the job, LeBrun created a book of some 50 or so pages of the skeletal system of deer for the artists to use as reference in learning to manipulate the animal characters. His art was copied onto animation paper with typed notes added.

Sky-David had contacted me after a recent item I had posted about the drawings on Bambi. Sky told me that he had a copy of all of the pages of LeBrun’s study. He shared it with me and I posted the first 18 pages several weeks back. (Here’s part 1.) This is a second installment, thanks to Sky’s generosity, for those who’d like to see them.

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I’ll post the remaining 16 drawings soon.

16 Responses to “Part 2 -Rico LeBrun’s guides”

  1. on 27 Jun 2008 at 11:57 am 1.Ray said …

    These are phenomenal–and fascinating.

    I’d had no idea before how very instrumental and thorough a role LeBrun played in working out the action and anatomy of particular scenes. Frank and Ollie, as I remember, praise LeBrun’s skill and knowledge, but discuss his involvement almost as if he were no more than a zoological specialist more or less hanging out at the studio like a consultant, and dismiss his drawing as being technically perfect but lacking strength and expression. If these are the drawings they’re talking about, I have to disagree–they’re beautiful and dynamic in their own right. Moreover, in some cases LeBrun has essentially key-animated the scenes even before the animators picked up a pencil.

    I’m reminded of Frank and Ollie’s taking pains also to qualify Rhetta Scott’s powerful animation on this film as having needed their hand-holding in order to make the grade. This sort of (it seems) revisionist history mystifies me. Frank and Ollie’s work is so strong and timeless they’ve no need whatever to boost their place in animation history by diminishing the fine work of others.

  2. on 30 Jun 2008 at 5:57 pm 2.Théo said …

    This post is amazingly inspiring,
    one really understands what Frank and Ollie meant when they wrote about Rico LeBrun’s knowledge and draftsmanship !
    Thank you for sharing these drawings as well as the hundreds of xeroxes and animation notes I keep studying and printing for reference !
    Your site is among the things that keep my passsion alive, thanks again Michael !

  3. on 17 Aug 2008 at 8:36 pm 3.Renee Brown said …

    Fantastic.And oh so inspiring!!

  4. on 17 Aug 2008 at 9:32 pm 4.David Lewis said …

    Thanks Michael for posting these. They are amazing. I’ve been looking at copies of copies and it’s great to see some nice scans.

    I can’t seem to find the last sixteen pages. Have I missed them?

    This is great stuff and I know a blog is a lot of work. I certainly appreciate it and I’m sure many others do as well.

  5. on 17 Aug 2008 at 11:53 pm 5.Michael said …

    Hi David, Thanks for the comments. The final 16 pages will be posted later this week.

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