The animated movies produced by the Walt Disney company in through the 1950s feature some of the most evocative and memorable images of any films from the period, animated or otherwise. A large part of that brilliance is thanks to the work some of the industry's best artists. This gallery features two such artists -- Mary Blair and Eyvind Earle, whose visual imprint is evident in these paintings. Their work shown here served as concept art for many of Disney's most beloved motion pictures. Enjoy!
Long before the Walt Disney Company became known not just as a purveyor of magic but as a corporate behemoth, they tried their hand at television advertising. In the early-to-mid 1950s, Disney produced a series of fantastic TV ads featuring classic characters like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Tinker Bell, as well as original product-specific characters. This great ad and animation cel come from a spot for what I believe to be the 1955 American Motors Hudson Hornet, and feature Donald Duck and his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie. The designer was Tom Oreb, who worked with Disney during what was arguably their golden age for feature productions. First, let's look at the Hudson Hornet ad. I'm not 100% certain what model year this is for, as the sources I've seen for this animation vary...
These days, most of the Super Bowl-related ads I see are for giant TVs. You know, to watch The Big Game. So I was a bit surprised to see that most companies riding the Super Bowl popularity train back in the day just decided to give stuff away. Tickets, mostly. If you dig these classic advertisements, head over to the main site and my gallery of Retrotisements. Aw, Burt Lancaster doesn't need your prizes, he just loves being part of the team! I would love to know which team the lucky winner of this contest got to become a part owner of. Of course it didn't specify the NFL, so it really could be anything. Hopefully not the Cleveland Browns. (Aqua Velva, 1970) The good news is you can win tickets to the Super Bowl and Hawaii! The bad news is you have to hang out with ...
I used to visit my grandfather in Florida every summer when I was a kid. One of the first years I went was not long after Disney's EPCOT Center opened in October 1982. I remember being fairly disappointed with EPCOT, which seemed like a bunch of boring stuff only adults would be interested in. At the top of my "lame" list had to be Spaceship Earth (aka the Giant Metal Golf Ball). I didn't give a rat's ass about patting myself on the back for humanity's achievements, I just thought escalators were more exciting to ride. Elsewhere, I remember there being way too much talking and way too many boring films to make it a very good theme park experience. I did think Figment was pretty neat, and brought home a stuffed toy in his horned, purple image. One thing that resonated with me immediat
I don’t have time to go to the movies much any more. So instead I’m going to just review some new and upcoming films based solely on their trailers. Because let’s face it, most movies only have about two or three minutes’ worth of good material anyway. Bad Teacher Ah I see, so it's like Bad Santa but instead it's called Bad Teacher. And Cameron Diaz gets to play the vulgar, ne'er do well lead role that Billy Bob Thornton had. She could pull it off, as she's always exuded this weird vibe of being physically attractive but kind of gross and skanky at the same time. I guess A-Rod is into that sort of thing. If nothing else the supporting cast is solid. Phyllis from The Office is an interesting pick for a co-star, but I'm guessing that Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother)
It's been another fun year for me in running this site, and I'd like to thank all of you who visit regularly, irregularly, or even once. I'd also like to thank everyone who has helped by contributing comments and post ideas. It's good to know there's at least a few people out there who enjoy my little corner of the intertubes. Since we're in the midst of year-end review season, let's take a quick look back at the posting year that was 2010 for The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. Most Popular Posts This is really what it's all about right? It's always interesting to me to see what content takes off and what content gets largely ignored. Since I want to stay positive I'll focus on the former. So here are the eleven most-popular posts on the site for 2010. #11. Happy Hoff-Day! - Davi
Far be it from me to question another parent, but I think I'd unload this little surprise on my kids before driving hundreds of miles to an amusement park. Even Clark Griswold had that much good sense. I can't decide which reaction is more precious - the little boy with the overgrown fauxhawk sulking or the mute indifference of hooded teen.
I'm always thrilled when any of my content generates a lot of interest from the inter-tubes community, but there's been a recent trend that I find a little...disturbing. You see, just over two years ago I posted an amusing news story about Comcast subscribers seeing a little porn on their Disney Channel feed. Well thanks to a spike in the number of people searching for terms such as "Disney porn" or "Disney Channel porn" it's been one of my most popular posts for about a month (as you can see if you look at the sidebar over on the right). I'm not going to lecture anyone looking for porn on the internet here, nor am I going to get all judgmental but seriously, Disney porn? I understand that there's all sorts of interesting fetishes out there, but how does one make the leap from watchi
I'll cop to not being a huge Pixar believer. I've seen Toy Story, The Incredibles, and a few of their other features, but for some reason they've always left me a little cold. Oh sure, they are marvels of computer animation technology, but I have always preferred the old school style. It's hard for me to get emotionally invested in movies that look more like extended video game cut scenes. But I have to say that watching WALL-E got me about as close as I've come to getting really engaged with a computer-animated movie. But not because of the main plot, which concerned a slowly developing romance between the title character (a trash-collecting and compacting robot) and EVE, a nominally female robot who catches WALL-E's fancy. While it was cute, it was a tad predictable. No, w