INCOMING TRANSMISSION FROM THE RED PLANET…
Yes, it is true- on Mars Walt Disney is kind of a big deal. So most martians, as well as animation and film aficionados, know all about Walt Disney and his talented team of male animators who brought us such classics as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi, and Dumbo. But on Earth, as we martians have come to understand it, “behind every great man there is a great woman” (on Mars it is the other way around, but I digress). And in this case, there were over 100. 100 young female inkers and painters whose job was to make what the men made look like singular pieces of art.
During this time in history, each animated cell was hand painted and inked with precision using only a careful eye and a steady hand. It took 27 colors to create Jiminy Cricket! And these gals were hardcore, too. Think of Earth’s Rosie the Rivetor with a fine line paintbrush. 85 hour work weeks were the norm and sleep came when you could get it.
In the end, the beauty and magic found at the heart of these movies came from the hands of these100 hardworking gals. Their efforts and attention to detail is something martians and humans alike can appreciate.
For the complete story, click on this link for the article “Coloring the Kingdom” written for Vanity Fair Magazine by human Patricia Zohn.
Brace yourself for the Art Invasion!
… CEASE MARTIAN TRANSMISSION–