Friday, October 24, 2008

The Adventures Of Mr. Toad

Enjoy the beautiful paintings with subtle neutral eye candy by the Walt Disney Studio.
Update! I looked into the Story Land book I had by Disney- it's like a big collection of pieces from each Disney golden book- and it said this story had, "Illustrations adapted by John Hench."





























Anyone know who painted these? I'm dying to know!

19 comments:

pop;yeah said...

characters look so disney.
kinda makes me wish disney had done a wind in the willows film.

pumml said...

I haven't seen this one before. What a find! It seems to have everything... great designs and characters, interesting perspectives, beautiful and harmonious colors, varied and effective use of textures and lighting.

Some pages remind of Norm McGary or Al White's work, but more finely rendered than their usual, while others remind me of Tenggren. Sorry, I wish I knew! I hate when they don't give their artists credit.

patrick said...

The paintings are astoundingly beautiful, but I find it odd that Disney thought kids would enjoy a story about adults going to court and what not :)

Deniseletter said...

Hi Kali,thanks for scanning this book!Its pure quality.

ZackWallenfang.com said...

WOW, talk about a nice find! I never even knew of its existence! In every Disney Golden Book I've seen, it says "The Walt Disney Studio" and almost never credits any individual artist. I really wish they did.

On a side note, this has always been one of my favorite Disneyland attractions, and probably one of the most obscure. I mean, you end the ride by getting hit by a train and going to hell! I don't remember that being in the story, but it's pretty cool, nonetheless.

Anyway, thank you so much for sharing this!

Fulle Circle Productions said...

Wow! Those are more fun to look at than the actual film! Also really makes me miss Mr. Toad's Wild Ride in the Magic Kingdom :(

Nico said...

Good lord these are fantastic. I might actually say that they're more fun to look at than the film, and that's considering that the film rules balls! Let's go on the ride a hundred times in a row Kali!

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Wow! Very nice!

Ivan D said...

Love your blog Kali! Especially the caricature links on the right.

Here's a tip though to avoid those nasty stray white dots:
1. Place a square with the same RGB value as your brown side bar behind your caricatures.
2. Save for web as a .gif and make sure transparency is turned off.

This should give the caricatures their own brown boxes, but no one will notice because they're sitting on a background of the same colour.

Monica Grue said...

Dude those colors are awesome! Love them. Hey thanks for your random phone call earlier this week ^^. I swear we will hang out soon! So many derailments lately :(

Can't wait to see yas.

Claudio Cerri said...

Wonderful! I love thi characters. Are you interested to exchange link with me?

Will Finn said...

Kali, thanks for posting these, they are Nice! I had this book when I was a kid (maybe i still have it somewhere) and it had me pretty hypnotized. Although I like the movie, it only occasionally lives up to these stunning illustrations.

Dario F said...

oh! Wonderful work. is betiful! I´can see the yours pictures.

I liked.


Dario

Nico said...

I can hear you singing in your room. you sound so pretty <3

Ken Mitchroney said...

Thanks for posting this coolness. Now i don't have to barrow the book from you!

Kali Fontecchio said...

You're all very welcome- it's always fun to share stuff like this!

David said...

yeah thanks for that! I really love the colors!

JoeyCee said...

Nice...the Disney characters were a lil cuter than Sheppard's originals but still great stuff...one on my favorite small Disney productions.

Rita said...

Hello there, does anyone know if you can even buy The Adventures of Mr. Toad, not the ichabod one? And if so, where? I would like to find one for Christmas, this is the only gift my bosses daughter has asked for for three years, she's autistic and loves the pictures!