So here’s the last batch of character reference.

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Another piece of artwork used in the Tale Spin sales pitch.Char Ref 2017-09-22-0055.jpg

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That’s it for the character art. Next come some prop reference.








Here are some more character illustrations. [NOTE: These were scanned from photocopies, so the quality isn’t the greatest.]

An early Thembrian… probably Col. Spigot.

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A pair of Shere Khan’s pilots (based on Bagheera). Also used in Tale Spin sales pitch.

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Early members of Don Karnage’s “wolf pack.” (A chicken??)

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A couple of monkeys. The left one may be a precursor to Wild Cat.

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These two views of Baloo crack me up. The left one shows a bomber jacket with epaulettes plus a Hawaiian shirt. (A Rescue Rangers clone?) And on the right, Baloo dons a sporty vest while he plays ‘kick the can.’ Char Ref 2017-09-22-0023.jpg

More tomorrow!





So I’m desperately trying to weed through my storage shed; tossing things out, selling stuff on eBay, and mostly scanning documents. So yesterday I stumbled across a thick black binder labeled “Tale Spin Inspirations and Models 9-7-89.”  Wow!  What an amazing reference document. There are pages and pages of artwork showing early character art (both from Tale Spin and Jungle Book), architecture, props, etc. Today I’m frantically scanning this stuff, cuz it’s so cool.

I thought you might like to see some samples.  You’ll notice that Baloo doesn’t have any clothing on in some of the illustrations. That’s probably because the artists were working from Jungle Book reference and were replaced Kit with Mowgli. Enjoy!

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The art below was used on one of the art cards in the Tale Spin sales pitch.Char Ref 2017-09-22-0005.jpgChar Ref 2017-09-22-0006.jpg

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Tomorrow, more character artwork.



Film Comment autographs

Back in 1975 I purchased a special “animation” issue of Film Comment. I was still stationed at the Pentagon back then… a full year before I knew I’d be working at Disney. But I was a big toon buff even then.

Fortunately, I still had the magazine when I started meeting some animation legends, so I made sure I  got some autographs! Enjoy.

Here’s the cover of that zine.

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I started work on the Gummi Bears in 1984. Two of the actors we hired were Bill Scott (who played Gruffi Gummi) and June Foray (who placed Grammi Gummi). Here are their signatures.

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I heard Chuck speak at the Kennedy Center in 1975.

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Willie Ito has a long and distinguished career in animation from Disney to Warner to Hanna-Barbera. He sat just a couple of offices away from me. (https://www.lambiek.net/artists/i/ito_willy.htm)

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Cal Howard (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal_Howard) also sat a few offices away. He worked at Fleischer years ago, so he showed up at work with a friend one day… Jack Mercer, the voice of Popeye!

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Do you think this magazine is worth more than a buck and a half now?

Photoplay Magazine – March 1930

Here we go again – 86 years into the Hollywood past!

I’m not a Joan Crawford fan, but this is a nice cover.

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Not only were silent films being phased out, but color was creeping into the mainstay.Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 5.19.57 PM.png

Couldn’t tell you who Lawrence Tibet was, but was surprised to see Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy in this ad. Also, directed by Lionel Barrymore. Anyone ever seen this?Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 5.22.33 PM.png

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Up-to-the-minute Chaplin news.

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Edwina Booth was an American actress. She is best known for the 1931 film Trader Horn, during the filming of which she contracted an illness which effectively ruined her movie career. Here be the story:

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Keystone reunion:

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No matter how fancy the art or the ad layout… your product is still called “Spud.”Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 5.36.20 PM.png

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Move over, Brown Derby.

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Here are some new Hollywood faces. Jack Benny (spent over 60 years in the Biz) and William Boyd (who managed to do more than just two seasons – he was Hopalong Cassidy for two decades!)

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Anyone know which Chase film this is?

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And finally the SECOND weirdest question in this issue:

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See ya next month!