Friday, August 3, 2007

WOODY AT THE CIRCUS





In honor of the fantastic WOODY WOODPECKER dvds, (which due to a rare Amazon glitch arrived over a week late), I am publishing these swell illustrations from Woody's first Golden Books appearance. The drawings are by Riley Thompson, who directed many Disney shorts, (including NIFTY NINETIES). Ward Kimball made some mildly disparaging remarks about Thompson's ability to direct, but these drawings sure are nice. More to come. Click to see bigger.

8 comments:

Joe Henderson said...

These are Great!!!! Man the last few days it seems everybody has been posting these old Golden Books. Keep it up!!!

Jenny said...

Wow--thanks for posting them, Will. His stuff here is great. Now--MORE! : )

I wonder what became of Thompson? How long/late did he stay at Disney?

Thad K said...

Thomson drew some good Disney comics too. I love the Mickey cartoons he directed too (especially Symphony Hour).

Pete Emslie said...

According to IMDB, Riley Thompson only directed 6 shorts for Disney, from 1940-1942. Considering that 4 of those shorts are my favourite Mickey cartoons, I'd have to dismiss whatever disparaging comments Ward may have made regarding his directing abilities. Though these particular shorts may indeed be slight in terms of plot, they are a visual delight for the character stylings and expressive animation. "The Little Whirlwind" will always be my favourite Mickey short for it's sheer visual appeal.

Thanks for posting these book illustrations, Will. It's nice to see what else Riley Thompson did, as I don't know much about him. Judging from these Woody illustrations, I'd say the guy had the same knack for appeal as Freddy Moore had.

Will Finn said...

thad, which comics did riley thomson draw? are they any good?

when i was tracking this book down i remembered the drawings had a distinctly fred moore/disney feel to them and wasn't too surprised to see a disney artist credited. it was published in 1951 near the end of disney's theatrical shorts run so either he had a little free time on his hands or was suddenly out of a job...

i like the three cartoons pete mentions too. some fine mickey animation in symphony hour, plus one of the final appearances of horace, (who looks nicely updated in the short).

more tomorrow jenny and joe.

Thad K said...

Hi Will,

Thomson drew a lot of Disney comics. I don't like his Duck artwork, but he did (all of) the lovely artwork in the Alice in Wonderland Four Color. He was also the main artist on the Brer Rabbit Sunday strip from 1951-54.

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Michael J. Ruocco said...

(whistles) What great GB illustrations! Riley Thompson rocks indeed! I've heard his name many times (mostly as an animator), but I never knew he did Golden Books like this. Great designs & poses throughout! Thanks for enlightening, Will!

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Hey Pete E., what a coincidence. "The Little Whirlwind" happens to be MY favorite Mickey Mouse cartoon, too ("Symphony Hour" a close second)! Mickey's "perspective ears" kinda threw me off, but it definitely works & fits with that particular cartoon.

Did you know that "Whirlwind" was the LAST time Mickey is seen in his classic red buttoned shorts? He didn't wear those shorts again until "Runaway Brain", more than 50 years after this cartoon came out. (WARNING: NERD ALERT!!!)