Monday, April 30, 2012

To Walt Disney's London Via Ronald Searle's

It has long been known that Walt Disney's "101 Dalmations" (1961) owes much of its English look and feel to the style of illustrator Ronald Searle. What wasn't clear until this binder was offered on eBay was how the Walt Disney Studio Library was set up to assist the animators in studying Searle's drawings of London. Individual images from Searle's Looking at London (1953) could be signed out by studio artists, usually Milt Kahl but occasionally first by Ken Anderson. They then studied these drawings and created their own Searle-inspired version of London for the animated film.

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Note:  My most recent blog post on Ronald Searle was published on Earth Day and can be read here.


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