Silly Symphonies Pan Layout Drawing ...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionSilly Symphonies Pan Layout Drawing (Walt Disney, c. 1930s). This enormous drawing would have been a layout drawing for a panning shot; the final film may ultimately have been unproduced or the drawing may have been simply early stage concept art, which went unused. Measuring at an astounding 42" x 9", this is a lovely rendering of an idyllic pastoral scene. As Disney produced a number of films with rural settings throughout the 1930s (Barnyard Symphony, The Wise Little Hen, The Ugly Duckling - to name a few), we are unable to determine the short for which it was intended; there are no production numbers listed near the margins or other written clues by which to identify it. Rendered in graphite and colored pencil, this pan drawing depicts a country scene, the natural scenery drawn with remarkable skill; a pond - with stepping stones and cattails surrounding - takes up more than a third of the piece, as our eye follows the pan, we see a bumpy fallen log, a recently-plowed field, a rustic wooden fence, and a farmhouse in the distance. The visual interest and the amount of effort lavished upon the detail throughout the piece display the advanced level of artistry achieved, even in the early days, at Disney. Piece is in Fair condition. Significant toning and creasing throughout, moderate edge-wear including several small tears, several instances of smudging or discoloration.
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