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The Sung Dynasty Roots of ‘Bambi’

Why Bambi is do visually disctintive: Chinese immigrant Tyrus Wong.


“He got the job on the Bambi project by taking a bit of a gamble. He was a young artist employed by the Disney studio, but tasked with the entry-level job of finishing off the work of the animators and crafting the “in-between” animations that completed the characters’ movements. Wong had learned that studio executives were creating a film from the new novel, Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Felix Salten. Tom says the young artist read the book and without consulting his supervisor, “took the script and painted some visual concepts to set the mood, color and the design.” His sketches recalled the lush mountain and forest scenes of Sung dynasty landscape paintings. His initiative paid off. Walt Disney, who was looking for something new for the film, was captivated and personally directed that Wong be promoted.”

How Disney’s 1942 Film Bambi Came to be Influenced by the Lush Landscapes of the Sung Dynasty Chinese-American Artist Tyrus Wong’s Brush With Destiny

Image from The Pastel Illustrations of Tyrus Wong That Would Inspire the Movie ‘Bambi’

Found via Reddit.


Casual Misogyny Within Living Memory

“I find examples like this heartbreaking. Think of the millions of women who were explicitly barred throughout their entire lives from pursuing the full spectrum of professional and creative endeavors that were open to (white) men without question. … This sort of casual misogyny happened as a matter of course within living memory. Well into the 1960s, help wanted ads could explicitly specify gender. Sexual harassment in the workplace has been illegal for less than 30 years. There’s absolutely no virtue in ignoring the past supposedly in the service of being enlightened about our shortcomings today, though it may be a preferable stance for some people to take.”

Commenter on Metafilter thread about a woman’s rejection letter from Disney, 1938

Pixar’s Peril

A Redditor predicts the downfall of Pixar:

“None of Pixar’s films should have sequels, and the only reason why Toy Story does is because of Pixar’s original deal with Disney. (I wish I could find the article that I read that in but I can’t, so either Google it or call me a liar.) Toy Story was the first animated feature. Disney wouldn’t commit to distribution unless it had the option of additional movies, just in case Toy Story was a success. It was, and Disney picked up the option. … Cars 2 was, by all accounts, a mistake. It is the least successful and worst-acclaimed movie in Pixar’s stable. Personally I’m amazed that Steve Jobs let that one go, though I wouldn’t be surprised if his failing health had something to do with that. … And now that Jobs is gone — suddenly Pixar is sequel happy. Monster University is coming, plus now we’ve got Toy Story 4 and Finding Nemo 2. Why Toy Story 4? I mean, seriously, why? … Finding Nemo 2? Why? … Even Monster University: Why? Personally I’ve never had much interest in prequels since you always, always know how the story is going to end. That’s part of the beauty of Pixar films; the ending is rarely exactly what you think it was going to be at the beginning. Seriously, did anyone think McQueen was going to throw the race? Or that (most of) the toys would wind up with Bonnie? Or that Mr. Incredible didn’t think he was strong enough?
IMO, Pixar is taking the first steps that Disney took in the 80’s 90’s when they started sequelizing all of their movie properties. Did the world even need a sequel to Bambi? (“Bambi’s mother is BACK…and she’s PISSED OFF!!!”) Of course not, which explains why all of those movies went straight to VHS/DVD and nobody ever blinked. Pixar, like Disney before it, is on the verge of turning its stable of truly loveable characters into emotionless and anonymous puppets. They are Hell-bent on turning your heart strings into dollar signs, and the easiest way for them to do that is to beat their characters into submission (versus coming up with new characters and new stories). I truly hope that I’m proven wrong on this.”

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