Tribute collages of the art of the Haunted Mansion’s main creators: Marc Davis, Claude Coats, Ken Anderson, Rolly Crump, and X. Atencio
Disney legend Dorothea Redmond’s original concept art for the murals inside Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World.
Disney Legend Marc Davis’s concepts for the various pirates and their captives in Pirates of the Caribbean.
Besides being an amazing animator, Disney legend Marc Davis was also an astounding character designer. Here’s a handful of his early character concepts for Aurora, Phillip, Maleficent, and Diablo.
Long before the Maleficent movie, Disney released a hilarious book called My Side of the Story where Maleficent and Aurora both told their respective sides of the story with some great illustrations. Maleficent claims of course she was only looking out for Aurora and Phillip’s best interests, despite those pesky fairies. And poor Phillip is constantly described by both sides as always being a total mess and “smelling like a horse.” (Also Aurora says he has dimples so deep you could ”plant corn in them” and “deep enough to mine for gold.”)
In just a few days it will be September 22. On that day in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, was the final day of execution in which eight victims were unjustly hanged for witchcraft. I would like to take this post in memory for the poor and wronged victims who lost their lives to the hysteria and corruption that plagued Salem, either having been executed, or perished in prison.