Thursday, May 3, 2018

More Early Black Cauldron

I found a few more of my early character concept art currently being offered at Heritage Auctions.
They date all the way back to 1980/81. Drawn in an office on the second floor of the original Disney Animation building. As I mentioned before, my office mate was Tim Burton, for about a year.












14 comments:

  1. Somehow, that early image of Gurgi as a hunchbacked human reminds me a lot of Quasimodo...

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    1. That drawing is an early version of Creeper, the Horned King's assistant.

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    2. He still resembles Quasimodo. An evil Quasimodo.

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  2. I was wondering if The Black Cauldron looks like The Lord of the Rings style in the 1970s before Peter Jackson took the idea in the 2000s.

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  3. Do you recall how and why the decision was made to turn the Gwythaints from the large feathered birds they were in the novels into the reptilian dragons they are in the final film? I've been curious about this for quite some time.

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    1. To be honest, I don't recall when the decision about the Gwythaint's appearance was made. After Tim Burton's "flying hand" idea got rejected, the Pterodactyl concept won out.

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    2. Understandable. It has been a while!

      I know I've seen concepts of them as birds, vultures, the "flying hands", and the eventual Pterodactyls. For the purposes of the film, I feel that they worked really well. I love how their wings are semi-transparent membranes.

      I know this movie doesn't get a lot of love, but I think the animation and the backgrounds especially are gorgeous. It's sad that it's so often overlooked.

      Thank you for your work on so many of my favorite Disney films, including this one!

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  4. Did you working with Tim Burton at the Disney studios on The Black Cauldron, and have you see Alice in Wonderland the live action in 2010, I think he was a genuineness with his art of Fantasy Gothic.

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  5. Andreas, can you summarize the answer in a reply, I wanna know who animated the Ev'rybody wants to be a cat sequence?

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  6. Is Heritage Auction selling on your behalf or did these fall into other 'hands' or is the ARL cleaning houae a bit?

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    1. They come from the film's producer's estate.

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    2. Andreas, did you go to The Walt Disney Family Museum some time Glen Kean exposed his Artworks sketches at the Museum.

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