An inside look at the Art Corner in Tomorrowland where guests could buy ORIGINAL animation cells from various Disney movies for a $1 a piece!
One of The Art Corner’s main claims to fame is as an outlet for Disney animation cells. These collector-prized items had once been available through the Courvoisier Gallery(from 1938 until 1946), but had been off the market until Disneyland opened in 1955. Disney collector Rob Richards notes “The Art Corner rescued thousands of cells from being destroyed and saved them for posterity.” Other offerings that had an immense impact on future artists were a series of Cartoon Character Guides on drawing Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, Jiminy Cricket, Chip ‘n Dale and Donald Duck, and animation kits.
The Art Corner permanently closed 6 September 1966 to make way for the renovation of Tomorrowland.
The centenary of Kahl’s birth was honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on April 27, 2009, with a tribute entitled “Milt Kahl: The Animation Michelangelo” and featured Brad Bird, his protégé, as a panelist
Milt Kahl is often considered the finest draughtsman of the Disney animators. For many years the final look for the characters in the Disney films were designed by Kahl, in his angular style inspired by Ronald Searle and Picasso.
Wolfgang Reitherman started out at Disney as one of the legendary Nine Old Men. He took over as head director on The Sword and the Stone, and directed all of the Disney features up until his retirement in 1981.
All three of Reitherman’s sons provided their voices for Disney Films. Richard and Robert were two of the three actors who voiced Arthur in The Sword in the Stone, and Bruce was the voice of Christopher Robin in the Winnie the Pooh shorts, as well as Mowgli in The Jungle Book.
Les Clark entered animation at a pivotal time and participated in events that shaped not only Disney’s future but the history of the art form itself. The first of Disney’s famed Nine Old Men to be hired, when he arrived at the studio in 1927, the Alice Comedies were winding down and a series starring a new character named Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was beginning.
Hi! First just wanted to say as a fellow Disney lover & trivia seeker, I love your blog! Second, I realized that there’s virtually nothing on here about Marc & Alice Davis. My close friend is dating their grandnephew & so I get to hear amazing facts all the time & have the opportunity to hang out with Alice when my friend is in town. One of my favorite stories about these two is that Pete Docter & his team spent time with Alice in her home to talk with her about her life with Marc & gain inspiration for Up. I’ve heard many people question the dedication to “the real life Carl & Ellie Fredricksens” at the end of the film, and just wanted to point out this is why Alice gets a special shoutout. Alice is a wonderful woman who will talk your ear off for hours about Disney, and I know she appreciates blogs like yours that keep the Disney magic alive :)
—- Wow, thank you so much talkingincursive.You are so lucky to be able to speak first hand to someone connected to so much of Disney’s history. That’s really amazing.
Believe me, I’ve noticed the lack of trivia on the animators, and have been meaning to do more, but you are the first person to actually request it, so thank you for that. I was actually planning on doing more after finding multiple facts on Marc Davis for 101 Dalmatians, and then I remembered your message.
So here we go. The rest of today and Wednesday are officially about the animators!
Welcome to Disney Trivia! Here you'll find fun and interesting behind the scenes facts about your favorite disney movies, characters, actors, and theme parks, as well as hidden mickeys and movie goofs and bloopers.
I love trivia almost as much as I love Disney itself, so I can't wait to open my vault and share all the facts I've collected over the years with you!
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