Disney Feature Animation Backgrounds: John Henry

November 6, 2011

John Henry backgrounds used two environment styles to fit the story, one technique used Scratchboard on an acrylic painting (they were digitally composited) and the other was acrylic paint meant to look like handmade quilts. We studied the “Krazy Quilts” and the art of the Harlem Renaissance.  The film was a lot of fun to work on and since it was a short, it wasn’t in production for very long.

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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