Monday, December 07, 2009

Here are a few drawings from Charlene Sundblad's collection. The two drawings below are sketches of Helen Hennesy. One by Ward Kimball, the other by Jesse March.

I believe the sketch above is by Kimball, also. I recognize Walt, Ham Luske and Kimball, but who is the man standing with the cigar. It's probably obvious but as I already mentioned I am very bad at recognizing faces, even more when they are caricatured.

8 comments:

gunnar said...

To me the man with the cigar looks like Webb Smith.

Paula said...

I too think it's Webb Smith.

Antoine said...

Bonjour Monsieur Ghez,

Je m'appelle Antoine Clarisse, l'auteur du blog The Art of Disney Animation. Je viens à vous après une conversation avec Christian Renaut que vous connaissez bien. Je suis en train de préparer un dossier sur les studios Disney de Montreuil fermés en 2003. Vous aviez apparemment écrit un article intitulé "Disney abroad" dans le Animation Magazine de Novembre/Décembre 1991 qui repose sur une interview des frères Brizzi, les patrons du studio à cette époque. J'aimerai savoir si vous aviez dans vos archives une copie de cet article qui pourrait je pense m'apporter quelques infos sur ces studios? Egalement si vous aviez d'autre documents sur le sujet, n'hésitez pas à m'en faire part.

Cordialement,

Antoine Clarisse.

Didier Ghez said...

Antoine Clarisse: Oui, mais il me faut votre adresse email!

Pilsner Panther said...

My semi-educated guess is that the man with the cigar is Leopold Stokowski, and the occasion is a story conference for "Fantasia."

Didier Ghez said...

I believe that as Gunnar and Paula said it is Webb Smith.

Pilsner Panther said...

Hmm... the hair looks like Stokowski's (as portrayed in other caricatures of him from the 30's and 40's), and there's also the record labeled "Beethoven" lying on the floor. So the scene here is, I think, the Maestro giving Walt and his men some ideas on how to interpret the "Pastoral" symphony.

As I say, just a semi-educated guess on my part— but I know a lot more about classical music than I do about animation.

Peter said...

PP's idea makes sense, and the drawing could easily be meant for either person - but the crinkly eyes make me go with Webb Smith.
Which makes it a far more personal dig - with the storyman's fancy
interpretation of the music disgusting Disney and his animators.