Saturday, November 18, 2017

Early Concept Drawings - Dark Forest

Model drawing of log crocodiles. Lead pencil on animation paper stock.

Graphite with red highlights.

A few drawings from the1979 Viking Press Snow White book. See a few more of these pics in an earlier Archive entry.

Book scans via the late Michael Sporn Animation blog.

Gustaf Tenggren's pencil layout of Snow White being led from the dark forest by her new animal friends.

Images via Heritage Auctions + Hakes + Profiles in History.

Be sure to also check out the stunning dark forest drawings by Ferdinand Horvath. And a couple more in the earlier post on Tenggren.

Early Concept Drawings - Snow White & Huntsman in Meadow

Layout drawing of Snow White gathering flowers in the meadow. Dates from circa 1935-36. Graphite with red highlights.

Image via Heritage Auctions.


Snow White with extensive camera notes along the bottom. Graphite on animation paper. Signed by by Disney Legends Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston.


These next images come from John Canemaker's 1999 book, Paper Dreams. A storyboard session with Walt Disney and his story team. Concept drawings played a key role in the development of the final film script.

Snow White in the meadow as the Huntsman looks on.


The Huntsman via Treasures of Disney Animation Art (p.90).

Friday, November 17, 2017

1950 Snow White Theatre Program from Japan

A Snow White theatre program from Japan. Measures 7" x 10". According to Heritage Auctions, it dates from 1950. Note the ad on the rear cover includes English text along the bottom for "Kiss Me" brand lip gloss by Japanese-based Isehan Cosmetics, Ltd.

Front and back covers

Sample pages

Images via Heritage Auctions.

Vintage Japanese Menko Cards

Menko is an old Japanese game where players take turns tossing cards on the ground. If one player is successful in flipping another's card, she gets to picks up both. The winner is the one with the most cards at the conclusion of the game.

Menko cards are typically made from thick paperboard material. They can be round or rectangular and have printing on one or both sides. They are usually illustrated with images that are popular in the culture. This set of cards features cartoon characters from the late 1930s and early '40s. Included in the group is Doc and a couple forest animals from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The cards vary is size. Popeye is the largest at 4" (10 cm) across. The others all measure about 2.25" (6 cm) and appear to be unauthorized reproductions of Disney characters: Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket, Hiawatha, Mickey Mouse, and a couple of the Three Little Pigs.

Images via somanytoys.