By Tod Polson
This notable quantity examines the existence and animation philosophy of Maurice Noble, the famous American animation history artist and format dressmaker whose contributions to the span greater than 60 years and comprise such sketch classics as Duck Dodgers within the 24 ½th Century, What's Opera, Doc?, and The highway Runner Show. respected during the animation global, his paintings serves as a starting place and reference aspect for the present iteration of animators, tale artists, and architects. Written by means of Noble's longtime buddy and colleague Tod Polson and according to the draft manuscript Noble labored on within the years ahead of his demise, this illuminating booklet passes on his method of animation layout from inspiration to ultimate body, illustrated with sketches and beautiful unique art spanning the whole breadth of his occupation.
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I said, “You son of a bitch! I’ve tried and tried to get a raise, and you have never even offered me a cent more. ” I put on my hat and walked out the door. At Disney’s the first assignment I got in the background department was an apple with a worm hole which I could render. I thought, Oh my God! What have I gotten myself into? According to Maurice, he hadn’t seriously considered a career in animation before this. ” Maurice shared with me: “I had visions of creating something as beautiful and powerful as the Sistine Chapel, works of art that would move and touch people.
For the next few years, his design sensibilities would shape every department of the store, including the exterior of the Robinson’s building itself, for which he submitted design ideas when it was modernized in 1934. Though Maurice found his work at Robinson’s creatively satisfying, he still struggled to support his mother and extended family. Frustratingly, Maurice’s requests for a raise always fell on deaf ears. Maurice’s student compositions, early 1930s. Pink elephants on parade from Dumbo (1941).
He later confessed to me, “For a long time in the industry, if you weren’t working at Disney, you weren’t quite top drawer. It’s not true, of course, but that’s the perception. ) In 1993 Maurice was honored by The Walt Disney Company for contributions he’d made to the studio. It was about this time that Disney Features asked Maurice to consult on some of their projects in development. This recognition by the studio after so many years meant a great deal to him. The Disney strike had left a large number of talented artists unemployed.