This KILLS me every time Victoria Clark was miraculous…
As a young boy, Disney story artist Bill Peet used to spend hours at the circus, drawing everything he could.
"I did have hopes of doing something with it. In those days, my secret ambition was to be an illustrator of animal stories."
Years later, when Walt Disney announced to his animation staff that their next picture would be Dumbo, Peet realized that all of those hours spent drawing at the circus were about to come in handy.
"The thing was, I was a circus buff, so Dumbo was great chance for me to get in and do a lot of boards. That was the first time Walt really noticed my work. Since I knew the circus, and had done so much sketching at the circus, the old big top circus, I just loved working on that thing.”
Peet’s detailed knowledge of circus life, as well as his ability to draw a wide variety of circus animals, made his storyboards for Dumbo really stand out. In the end, Peet was not only involved in the storyboarding of the film, he also created many of the character model sheets.
Oh, and there was one other source of visual inspiration for Peet’s work on Dumbo: His infant son, Bill Jr.!
"[He was] a definite influence in the way I drew the baby elephant."
To learn more about Peet, check out his delightfully illustrated autobiography: Bill Peet: An Autobiography (Link leads to Amazon.com)
The Sunflower Has Grown - Samuel Mutzner
Ygritte and Jon!! <3
lol someone at my school…
Being an actress during the Golden Age of Hollywood was not as glamorous or ideal as it seems when taking these women’s lives at face value. Sexual harassment, underpay, and overwork were the norm. Many started out in the chorus and worked their way to stardom. Some only reached that elusive fame after dozens of films, hundreds of failures. Many had to overcome the hardship and heartache of broken homes, war-torn countries, or extreme poverty to become the beautiful faces onscreen that millions came to adore and idolize.
Some survived the Hollywood game, while others were used, abused, and thrown out. Some led happy lives, others didn’t. But the legacy they left on the screen has had and will continue to have an impact on the masses long after they are no longer present among us. These women created new worlds through the medium of film - their movies have provided a much desired escape for generations upon generations.
They make us smile when all we want to do is cry, they give us new perspectives on life, they inspire us to dream bigger, try harder, make a difference.
I am sad to see so many great actresses relatively forgotten, but what makes me sick is the way that so many of them are remembered: Marilyn as a slut, Katharine a bitch, Joan a monster, Audrey just a pretty face—many of these women defined by a single attribute (true or false) or single moment (real or fabricated) of their lives. None of them was perfect, everyone knows that. None of them was perfect because all of them were human. It takes a lot to be a star, yet all of them handled stardom, with all of its ups and all of its downs, with far more grace than the average human being. There’s already so much hate in this world, and I may just be speaking for myself, but these ladies have done nothing except make my life a happier existence. I love them, and I think they should, at the very least, be given the respect they deserve. Because they do deserve it. And then some.
Happy International Women’s Day! Thank you to all the women who have been such an inspiration in paving the way for the rest of us to make a difference in this world. You have truly made the world a better place. <3 <3 <3
"On Fridays, after work, [Walt Disney would] often invite us into his office and we’d talk about things that were going on at the Studio. After a while, he’d wander to the north window, look out into the distance and just say, ‘Play it.’ And Dick would wander over to the piano and play ‘Feed the Birds’ for him. One time just as Dick was almost finished, under his breath, I heard Walt say, ‘Yep. That’s what it’s all about.’" -Robert Sherman (x)