One of Disney’s great, iconoclastic artists was Eyvind Earle, a master painter responsible for bringing a stylized flair to midcentury Disney animation. Earle was heavily involved in the unique backgrounds and production design of Sleeping Beauty. I would elaborate on his biography, but thankfully we are able to see his life through his own words.
Cartoon Brew posted a link to an autobiographical video written, produced, and narrated by Earle before his death in 2000. It’s a wonderful artifact, and I wish more of the great Disney artists had the foresight and means to leave similar documents.
The artwork is, without a doubt, astounding, as is his animation work.
The video is in three parts, linked below.