Sunday, December 16, 2007

Ken Anderson's AMAZONIA (part two)

Well, everybody seems to enjoy Ken Anderson drawings. Here's more from his trip to South America (see below).

And here's an original from my personal collection. A few years ago I bought a packet of Ken's drawings that I think were from a project called "Scruffy" that never got made at Disney. It was about orangutans fighting on the side of the British during WWII. I don't know much more about it than that, but also in the packet were drawings of Nazi spiders. This was the only one I had framed because it was the only one in color. It was done with his usual Mont Blanc fountain pen - his tool of choice in that era. I scanned it through the frame, but it looks pretty good anyway. If I can find the rest of the drawings from that packet, I will scan them.

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Anonymous said...

Can you please post the "Scruffy" drawings. I have been very facinated by that Ken Anderson project.

Bob said...

These sketches are fantastic! I love Ken Anderson's work. Thank you for posting these!!

Awesome blog!



Matt J said...

Perfect Christmas present-thanks Mark. Have a happy holiday & New Year festivities.

Floyd Norman said...

Ken did a lot of development work on "Scruffy." I recall visiting his office back in 1972, I think. He was upstairs in F-Wing.

I remember the studio bosses had to go with either "Scruffy" or "The Rescuers." I guess you know which one they chose.

Still, Ken did a lot of great development work on the project. I wonder what happen to it?

Tia said...

Hey, came across your blog not too long ago, but found it extremely engaging; it's been a long time since I've really thought about the qualities of good animation that make it so gosh-darn wonderful.

On a side note, do you have thoughts on the process of anime (as a genre, -or- particular films) that you find comparatively more detrimental or successful than "western" animation approaches? (In how it relates to the storytelling, not particularly the artwork in and of itself.)

I definitely feel there's more of an abstract approach to the plot in anime than there is in, say, Disney movies that make them less directly entertaining, but they're fascinating all the same. It also seems they take advantage of "breathing" spaces to set moods or let an idea settle, whereas western cartoons tend to cram in as much activity as possible. (Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell, and Tekkon Kinkreet are three very different animes with similar structure). I realize it's an extremely broad subject range to add to your already sizable list of topics. Just curious on your general thoughts.

Either way, thank you for taking so much time to put up posts. It's amazing to see your love of the story compel you to share the joy of a process well-done.

mark kennedy said...

Thanks for the comments! Glad everyone liked the post.

Bob - thanks for the kind words, it means a lot. I'll post more soon.

matt j - Glad you like the stuff - happy holidays to you too!

hey Floyd! Did you ever see the in-studio book that Vance Gerry wrote for storyboard artists at Disney? There was a bunch of Scruffy stuff in there. That's about all I've ever seen of it.

tia - very good questions, but unfortunately I don't know much about anime, I haven't seen much of it and I am extremely unknowledgeable about it. I don't have much in the way as far as opinions about it and how it relates to other types of animation. Sorry, I wish i had an intelligent response for you!

Didier Ghez said...

Mark: Did you ever find the other Scruffy drawings? I would love to see them.

David Perez said...

Still waiting... :)