Animation Artifacts &Disney &Peet &repeated posts &Story & Storyboards 26 Nov 2008 09:35 am

Recap – Pink Elephants

- Recently, I saw a small part of Aladdin on television. A large part of the Genie’s song reminded me of Pink Elephants from Dumbo. I thought then, that I should post anew the models/sketches and drawings from that sequence. It originally was broken in two parts when it saw daylight here in 2007. I’ve combined there into one.

Once again, thanks to John Canemaker, I have several photo images to display. Some frame grabs accompany the piece.

These are rather small images, so by cutting up the large boards and reassembling them I can post them at a higher resolution, making them better seen when clicking each image. It’ll take two days to post them all, so this will be continued later this week.

I’ve interspersed some frame grabs fromt the sequence to give an idea of the coloring.

(Click any image to enlarge.)

The following images were in the gallery part of the dvd. These are the color versions of some of the images above.

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10 Responses to “Recap – Pink Elephants”

  1. on 26 Nov 2008 at 10:04 am 1.eleonora duvivier said …

    It is simply amazing to see these pictures, before they were ready for the screen. This last one, with volume and transparency has, in my opinion, a power of expression that the final product didn’t quite have.

  2. on 26 Nov 2008 at 10:08 pm 2.Eddie Fitzgerald said …

    Wow!!! It’s nice to be reminded of this. I’ll get some coffee and spend some time with it.

  3. on 26 Nov 2008 at 11:40 pm 3.Dave Levy said …

    Greg Ford just told me a story today about Frank and Ollie hanging out with Maurice Noble in the early 1980s when Illusion of Life came out. The three of them got around to talking about Dumbo, of which Noble had worked on, and
    Noble explained how he had worked on this very sequence. Frank and Ollie, who had worked on Bambi at that time, tried to correct Noble by telling him that someone else had done the work he had claimed to have done. Noble got furious at the pair and there was a big argument.

    I don’t think it gets any better than Dumbo when it comes to feature animation. Its the all time king!

  4. on 27 Nov 2008 at 12:32 pm 4.Ignacio Carlos Ochoa said …

    Hi Michael.
    Recently I posted on my blog, a photo of a picture that Walt Disney gave to the Argentine painter Florencio Molina Campos (he collaborated with Disney`s artist in the production of “Saludos Amigos”) and “The three caballeros”, and this is signed and drawn by various artists of Disney. Perhaps be of your interest. Thanks.

  5. on 27 Nov 2008 at 1:55 pm 5.Eddie Fitzgerald said …

    Igncio: I just saw it! It’s terrific!

  6. on 28 Nov 2008 at 7:57 am 6.Antoine Clarisse said …


    Sorry for my english, I’m french… I’m the webmaster of The Art of Disney Animation blog, thank you to take my blog on your links, it’s awsome! I come on your blog every day, I like the style of your studio and disney drawings and storyboards of course. I take some drawings of Sleeping Beauty on your blog for a post, I hope it’s not a problem? Oh and congratulations, I saw you in the making-of Sleeping Beauty, what a surprise! Goodbye!

  7. on 28 Nov 2008 at 10:24 am 7.Michael said …

    Antoine, I quite like your site. You seem to cull a lot of treasured art together in one site. Very interesting for a quick look at all that great Disney artwork.

  8. on 12 Nov 2009 at 9:52 am 8.Jodie said …

    These elephants are awesome!!!! Im doing a project on 3D images and im using some of your elephants and making some of my own. Its going to be pretty awesome! Love it!

  9. on 08 Feb 2010 at 8:42 pm 9.Tedzey said …

    It looks like one panel got discharged showing dumbo with his “wings” spread out ready to fly as he’s lodged next to two pink elephants! Looks like that portion didn’t make it into the final cut!

  10. on 28 Feb 2010 at 7:19 am 10.Steven Hartley said …

    Hicks Lokey and Howard Swift did wonderful animation on the sequence, and I’ve heard something about Frank Thomas being the animation director for it, and the Internet Movie Database show him as a uncredited animation director.

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