Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Why I could Never Get a Job at Disney's


There are really 2 broad Disney styles, each with a myriad of variations. The one I like is the 30s rubber hose funny animal style - even as they kept modifying it though the 40s and 50s.
These characters are just fun to look at and fun to draw, especially off-model.
I love how Goofy is what Pluto will evolve into when he becomes bipedal and get a voice box.

29 comments:

Kali Fontecchio said...

Your Donalds are slaphappy.

Iron maiden said...

Nice I heard you pitched some Ideas to disney long ago how did that turned out?

Pete Emslie said...

Oh man, now you've stuffed poor Kaspar the Bear into a super scary Michael Eisner costume! Show the poor critter some mercy, John!

(That's really funny - poor Walt in the ice box...)

Mr. Semaj said...

Awesome drawings! I love the Donald ones best.

Oliver_A said...
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Gad said...

cool doodles

some of the donaleds look like they could be part of a disny cartoon.
with some work and practice maybe they will accept you for to work on the next super crappy movie.

Kristina said...

I like Goofy. I like how he has a patch right on the crotch of his pants, like he's been rubbing a little too vigorously...

O gato said...

I like the yelling/shouting Donald you drew.

Iron maiden said...

I just watched the episode stimpys pregnant and I cant help but notice seeing walt disney watching over,was that your Idea putting him in that episode

Kris said...

I can tell you really like ducks. Ducks are always funny. Mice not so much.

Shawn Dickinson said...

Milt Gross Mickey!

John Calmette said...

dig those sawed off walrus teeth on Goofy

JohnK said...

Hey Oliver


my emails to you keep getting bounced back.

John

David Bernal said...

Awesome!! this reminded me of the movie Stand by Me and the conversation the kids have about cartoons, hahaha! what the hell is goofy?!!

bergsten said...

Why "I" could never get a job at Disney's...

Years ago, when the kids were younger, we took them to Disney World and somehow happened into a place where you could sit at touchscreen monitors and "learn how to draw Donald."

The kids INSISTED that I participate. So I drew a Donald to the instructor's specifications, then, growing bored, added a bottle of booze, a smoking cigar, an inebriated look... well, you get the picture.

At the end the instructor (who could see everything on the student's screens) got to mine, cracked up, and said "you gotta erase that -- I can't print it."

So, no job offer, but getting a laugh make it all worthwhile...

Mykal said...

John: I loved your take on Goofy. He was/is always my favorite Disney character. What a perfect Zen attitude. I love how your Goofy looks a bit degenerate somehow. I think it is that patch on his pants over his crotch. He still looks very calm at the center, though! -- Mykal

Niki said...

Since it's not mentioned I'd assume the other style (or a fake of it) is what's used mostly at Disney's now.

Robert said...

The problem with "off-model" seems to be that in film we expect everyting we see to mean something relevant to the film. That's why they call it a visual medium.

So when you see a character off-model you try to fit meaning to that. And when there isn't some payoff in meaning to it, because it's just off-model, it pulls you out of the story and your attention is diverted to an affectation of the artist.

That was the reaction I had when I first saw early Bugs Bunny after years of seeing the standard one on Saturday Morning. Or when I see Chuck Jones' heavy-mascara characters. Or when I see the Goofy-with-eyebrows instead of the 1930's Goofy.

flashcartoons said...

I would love to see you animated disney characters in your own way John!

Pat said...

Looks like you enjoyed sketching Donald!

jaystein said...

What is Disney? They're just another Monopolist who buys talent instead of hiring their own.

Hiring you would be the best move they would have made in decades.

I like the Donald and Mickey sketches, but I like when you satirize the whole Disney thing with your characters.

HemlockMan said...

Have you ever read the story of how Harlan Ellison got fired from Disney?

Whit said...

The world needs to see Walt's iced head vs. Ted Williams's frozen cranium in a remake of "Hockey Homicide"

Chris said...

John, what got you started doodling on legal pads? I was always curious.

illusion breaker said...

Ever wonder why Walt Disney's cartoons had that "creepy factor" it's becuse he was a high ranking 33rd degree freemason.Heres one of their rituals on youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyuhhH2g5lY

Chris leonido said...

John these are some pretty funny takes on Disney. I like the Donald ones the most, I guess you mustve enjoyed doing the Donald ones. (:

Tom Dougherty said...

John, I've always wondered what you think of the critic's darling, the Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki specifically. I'd love, love, love to read a post about them/him.

Thanks so much for the blog and for all of your hard work.

Alex said...

Boy, do I know the feeling. I just went to the Ottowa Animation Festival, and met with a recruitment woman from none other that Disney!
I showed her my demo reel and sketch book, and she tells me that while it's good that I'm fearless, she doesn't know where I'll end up.
Also, she recommended thhat I learn to draw in a 'classic Disney' style if I were to want a place at the studio. Goes to show you how the big boys don't look to stylization or experimentation. (not to bash Disney)

IgnorantBliss said...

I love that you put Walt In a Refridgerator haha, and i ABSOLUTELY ADORE your donalds