Last month, Virginia Davis passed away at 90 years of age.
She was the real life
(warning: lousy formatting) little girl
(warning: teh kyoot) whom Walt Disney sent into the land of cartoons,
responding to the popularity of Max Fleisher's Out of the Inkwell
series, which used his "rotoscope
" and brought cartoon figures into filmed space. Walt reversed the formula, and found his first star.
Alice's Wonderland [more inside]
4 Artists Paint 1 Tree
, a segment from Disneyland
included on the recent DVD release
of Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty
, features the artistic process of one of my favorite painters and cartoon modernists
, Eyvind Earle
. If you've seen Sleeping Beauty
, Lady and the Tramp, Paul Bunyan or Peter Pan
, you're familiar with the fantastical and brilliant landscapes he produces. His paintings
show a particular fondness for Big Sur
and Central California.