Thursday, 6 March 2008

Pirates of the Caribbean Concept Art: The Living

Relatively recently, Disney was kind enough to reproduce some of the concept art for the original Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in postcard form. The comic scenes of villainous scallywags getting their comeuppance came courtesy of the feverishly creative mind of the late Marc Davis. One of Walt Disney's "Nine Old Men" of animation, Davis' skill at character illustration was later put to work designing scenes for Disneyland attractions. His imprint is all over the park, where one knows to look for it. The comedic tableau of the Jungle Cruise were on account of him, commissioned as he was to breathe entertainment into a riverboat ride that many patrons felt was getting stale. The now-defunct musical shows America Sings and the Country Bear Jamboree were Davis productions, and one of the great "what ifs" of Disney alternative history is his never-built Western River Expedition. The ghosts of the Haunted Mansion sprang from his hand, as did the Pirates of the Caribbean.

For your perusal, we've reproduced some of the reproduction postcards for the living members of the cast...







4 comments:

Biblioadonis aka George said...

Cory--

Awesome! I wonder if I can pick those up this weekend while I am at DISNEYLAND!

G

Mr. Lincoln said...

Great stuff!!

Anonymous said...

I actually still have the original postcards...somewhere. I'll have to dig them out and see how they compare.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

These were always some of my favorite Disneyland Postcards.