Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Haunted Mansion Concept Art

Marc Davis was one of Walt Disney's most prolific and distinctive artists. It is impossible not to distinguish his cartoonish style and witty gags from those of the other senior "Nine Old Men", and once you have an eye for it, to then pick his work out of the rides in which they came to animatronic life. The Country Bear Jamboree and now-defunct America Sings were his projects, as were the tableaus in the current version of the Jungle Cruise. He also added the foreground figures to fellow artist Claude Coats' atmospheric backgrounds in both Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion. Many of his ideas never made it into the Mansion, or what did is somewhat changed from his original ideas. Here are some of those concepts for your enjoyment!

The following piece is concept art for Pirates of the Caribbean, but I include it in honor of one of the backstories that the Mansion originally accumulated to itself. Once it was decided that it would be in New Orleans Square, Imagineers conceived of it as the former manor of a vile pirate named Captain Blood.

1 comment:

Okie said...

Marc Davis is awesome. Thanks for sharing these fabulous pieces. Very cool!