Robin Williams was the funniest man to ever live. It was truly a blessing to have grown up on and to have been surrounded by his work as a child. In my life Robin Williams was a constant source of happiness, laughter, and joy. I seriously feel like I’ve lost a close family member; I don’t even know what to say… Robin, thanks so much for all the laughter!

The life you lived, and the work you’ve done, will always be remembered. I look forward to the day I can share in the laughter of your films with my own kids. May you rest in peace.

Anonymous said: Your tumbler bar blocks the SEARCH BOX - your archive needs much work - ever hear of MANDARIN ORANGE from the late 1970's early 1980's - where painted oranges preformed Busby Berkley dnace routines to traditional chinese music

Hmm, I’ve looked at the search box under different resolutions and have not had any problems being able to click inside of it. Even when I’m logged out I can use it easy enough. I do hate the sidebar that expands from Tumblr when you look at the page not logged in, and as far as I know, I have no control over removing that - it’s all Tumblr’s fault I promise. I’ve taken a lot of time and care trying to get the site to look, work, and feel the way that it does.

I’ve actually designed the website so that you can navigate it and actually find what you’re looking for without even using the search box. I’ve actually debated removing the search box. The problem with the search box is that it searches for only tags that I make when posting things. And it’s hard to account for every single tag or search item or phrase people might think of when searching for something. So everything you ever need to browse and find stuff on The Animation Archive is all on the sidebar and the sidebar is always there. Literally the most important links that will help you find anything I’ve ever posted, probably more easily than the search box, are the SITE RESOURCES & ANIMATION RESOURCES links and everything listed underneath them on the side.

And yes, this website could always use more work, and more updating. I wish I had more time to put into The Animation Archive but this site doesn’t pay my bills and I gotta make a living - and there’s actually a lot of my own money that goes into this website every month so that people can enjoy it for what it is. But there are things I’m slowly working on in the background to continue to update and improve The Animation Archive.

And as far as “MANDARIN ORANGE from the late 1970’s early 1980’s,” I’m sorry I have not heard of it or seen it. I’ve tried every variation to search for it and try to find info on it and I can’t find a single thing. Do you have a link to anything that you’d like to share about it? Is anyone else familiar with it?

Assorted storyboards from the Walt Disney production of Bambi (1942). The top image was drawn by Disney animator and Imagineer, Marc Davis.

Hey Tumblr, you helped make The Reward - Tales of Alerhtrion a possibility; now here’s your chance to a be a part of it!
On behalf of Sun Creature Studio I’m pleased to announce a Concept Art Summer Event! Get your artwork into The Reward - Tales of Alethrion - Presented by Sun Creature Studio.
Do you remember the close up portraits in the short film The Reward (bottom two images above)? We have a silly shot like this of Alethrion in the series as well. In this scene he is trying to seduce Amerath, a girl whom he just met.

We have a downloadable PSD file with everything you need to work on the shot.

In the file we have the correct frame size, a blurred out picture of the color script (the base colors you need to use because of the fact that the portrait has to fit with the other scenes). We have blurred the color script picture out so you don’t limit your imagination. We also attached references of the style and the storyboard panel.

If you are up for the challenge, send your finished drawing to most fitting, best and most hilarious portrait of Alethrion gets into the film!


Here you can get access to the .pdf file here.

PS. If you choose not to work in photoshop then it is important to use the file size 2400 X 1000 pixels. We also attached a layout you can use as a template.

If you have any questions please send them to the team at

Long before Pixar and today’s CGI special effects extravaganzas, early animators of the silent era experimented and introduced new techniques into filmmaking. Mark Quigley gives us a tour of the silent animation collection at UCLA’s Film & Television Archive - one of the few places in the world that capture this rich history of early animation.

Production backgrounds for Disney’s Lady and the Tramp.

Rough character model sheets from Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove. Artwork by Sandro Cluezo.

These model sheets feature a character named Mata, who at one point in the script was developed as a love interest for Kuzco. She was voiced by That 70’s Show’s actress Laura Prepon, however, her scenes were later cut from the film.

Source: Inspector Cluezo

I don’t even have to tell you why this is important or why you should support the Kickstarter to bring back Reading Rainbow; you know why. So go do it!

Here’s the first teaser trailer for Disney’s animated adaptation of Marvel’s Big Hero 6!

Paths of Hate (2010)
Directed by Damian Nenow

"Paths of Hate" is a short tale about the demons that slumber deep in the human soul and have the power to push people into the abyss of blind hate, fury, and rage.

Damn, I really feel like I’ve been posting a lot of obituaries on this blog lately. 

H.R. Giger didn’t have anything to do with the world of animation; but my love of it developed as a student of film and illustration first – both to which he’s very inspirational.

Through out his life Giger suffered from night terrors, and as a way of art therapy, he often kept a sketchbook next to his bed to document his tormentors. Much of the creature designs used in the Alien film series first came to be in these sketchbooks. It was his painting Necronom IV (second image pictured above), which was heavily influenced by his own nightmares, that initially inspired the look and feel of Ridley Scott’s Alien. As part of the design team on Alien, Giger won the 1980 Academy Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects.

As an Illustrator, Giger’s work was heavily inspired by artists Salvador Dali, Ernst Fuchs, and quite possibly H.P Lovecraft. Giger described his work as being “Biomechanical.” His work was often filled with fetishistic sexual imagery, it was cold and dark, and explored the interconnected relationship between man and machine.

I can remember the first time seeing Giger’s work. It terrified me. It was complex, it was dark, it felt demonic… and it possessed me. I couldn’t get enough of it. I run an animation blog because I love the world and history of animation; but first and foremost I’m an Illustrator – and Giger’s work always has and will continue to influence me as an artist.

May he rest in peace.

Character design and concept art for Wes Anderson’s, Fantastic Mr. Fox. Artwork by Chris Appelhans.

Source: Froghat Studios

Mary Blair and the World’s Fair: Rolly Crump describes the birth of “it’s a small world”



Yesterday, I posted about the publication of More Cute Stories, Volume 4: 1964/65 New York World’s Fair, an audio memoir of Disney Imagineer Rolly Crump. I’ve been listening to it today, and enjoying it immensely. I wrote to Bamboo Forest, the publishers, and secured permission to share a couple of MP3s from the collection with you.

The first clip is Crump’s hilarious tale of the trip to NYC on the private Disney plane to set up the World’s Fair pavilions. The Disney plane was dry, and when they stopped to refuel in Texas, an enterprising art director ran out and secured vodka and gin for the remainder of the journey, which apparently turned quite hilarious.

But the best is in part two, in which Crump describes his working relationship with the legendary Mary Blair, who came out of retirement to work on the Small World pavilion for the Fair. I love Blair’s work — everything from her Golden Books to her surreal, hyper-modernist version of Alice in Wonderland, but I knew nearly nothing about her as a person. Crump’s lively narration brings Blair into focus as a charming polymath who designed her own clothes, drank martinis for lunch, and squired a wide-eyed kid from California around Manhattan with the self-assurance of a brilliant artist at the end of a long and storied career.

Many thanks again to Jeff and Bamboo Forest for permission to share these.

More Cute Stories, Volume 4: 1964/65 New York World’s Fair

These are great; thanks for sharing them Cory!

Who Framed Rogger Rabbit wouldn’t have been nearly as good if it weren’t for Bob Hoskins; he was such a gifted actor. Rest in peace!

Bob Hoskins; October 26, 1942 - April 29, 2014

Happy Easter everyone!

Funny Little Bunnies (1934)
Directed by Wilfred Jackson