Robin Hood artwork from ARL

Must See Rare Robin Hood Artwork from Disney’s ARL

By Fox Carney

On November 8, 1973, Robin Hood premiered, capturing the hearts of audiences all over the world. To celebrate 45 years of this classic film, Disney’s Animation Research Library has opened its vaults, sharing some incredible artwork and stories behind the making of the film. Please enjoy as we take a trip back to Nottingham to celebrate this…

See more
The Old Mill

Celebrate 80 Years of The Old Mill with Stunning Concept Art

By D23 Team

Just before the debut of the feature animated film that started it all, The Old Mill blew into theaters on November 5, 1937. The Silly Symphony cartoon was the first to use the multiplane camera and won an Oscar for Best Cartoon. See how this short came to be in stunning concept art from our friends at the Disney Animation Research…

See more
Bambi concept art

Celebrate 75 Years of Bambi with Stunning Concept Art from the ARL

By D23 Team

The animated classic Bambi celebrates its 75th anniversary on August 13, 2017. In the Summer 2017 issue of Disney twenty-three, we shared some of the stunning concept art created for the film. Now, thanks to the Animation Research Library, we have even more of the beautiful, hand-created concept art for this classic film. Browse through our gallery to…

See more
Lilo and Stitch Production art

Celebrate 15 Years of Lilo & Stitch with Stunning Production Art from the Animation Research Library

By Jocelyn Buhlman

Once upon a time, a deadly alien crashed onto Earth and became best friends with a little girl who listened to Elvis… That’s not how fairy tales typically start, but this isn’t your average fairy tale. In 2002, Lilo & Stitch crash-landed into theaters and stole the hearts of audiences everywhere with the silly, sunny, and perfectly odd story…

See more
Lilo & Stitch holiday art

A Behind-the-Sketch Look: Art from Favorite Disney Holiday Moments

By Nicole Nalty

Whether it’s Mickey and Minnie exchanging gifts in Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas, or Lady popping up out of a hatbox on Christmas in Lady and the Tramp, there’s something about holiday moments in Disney films that have just an extra sprinkling of pixie dust. Our friends at the Animation Research Library preserve the artwork from these and…

See more
Fantasia artwork

Wondrous Images from The Walt Disney Film Archives: The Animated Movies 1921–1968

By Courtney Potter

“Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can achieve,” said Walt Disney. One of the 20th century’s most prolific—and successful—innovators, Disney created entire worlds through his use of state-of-the-art technology and imaginative storytelling. The animated films created under his tenure (until his passing in 1966) are classics…

See more

Unraveling Pluto’s Sweater

Film Historian and Author J.B. Kaufman (Pinocchio: The Making of the Disney Epic) makes the Dog Days of Summer a little cooler with his look back at the making of the 1949 short Pluto’s Sweater.

Recently, in the course of some other research, I made an interesting Pluto discovery. Pluto’s Sweater (1949), one of dozens of Pluto shorts released during the 1940s,…

See more
background painting of a bedroom chamber with wooden headboard and open window in gouache by a Disney Studio Artist for animated feature Cinderella

More Gorgeous Art from the Making of 1950’s Cinderella

To help celebrate the eagerly anticipated release of Cinderella, the spring issue of Disney twenty-three showcases visual-development images, courtesy of the Disney Animation Research Library, that inspired the making of Disney’s 1950 animated classic. We found the artwork so lavish and gorgeous that we wanted to share some more of this art with you. We hope you…

See more