Disney Feature Animation Backgrounds: John Henry

November 6, 2011

John Henry backgrounds used two styles to set the stage: Scratchboard on a painted acrylic ground–digitally composited, as well as paintings made completely in acrylics that looked like handmade quilts. The crew studied the art of the Harlem Renaissance as well as Krazy Quilts.

Scratchboard paintings:

Walt Disney Feature Animation

Walt Disney Feature Animation

Acrylics: (Disney didn’t use this title screen, Bob Stanton, who art directed the film painted a new one lighter in mood and therefore more appropriately Disney-esque.)

© Disney Enterprises, Inc.

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