Ana (snowweisz) wrote in worldofdisney,

Academy of Motion Pictures to honor Mary Blair

The lasting influence of Disney artist Mary Blair will be celebrated through an examination of her concept artwork for "Cinderella," "Alice in Wonderland" and "Peter Pan" in the 1950s during "Mary Blair’s World of Color: A Centennial Tribute," the latest installment of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Marc Davis Celebration of Animation, on Thursday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Several of today’s top animation talents will discuss Blair’s work as an artist and stylist and will also demonstrate how her work has influenced their own. The panel will be moderated by animation critic and film historian Charles Solomon.

Blair’s unmistakably bold and colorful designs continue to inspire artists in all areas of animation today. Her unique and lasting impact on animation continues to this day, though Blair is best known for her design of Disneyland’s "it’s a small world" attraction, which she worked on with legendary animator Marc Davis, for whom the lecture series is named, and his wife Disney Imagineer Alice Davis.

Panelists for the evening will include "Toy Story" writer Pete Docter, "Pocahontas" art director Mike Giaimo, animators Eric Goldberg, Susan Goldberg and "Robots" color designer Daisuke "Dice" Tsutsumi.
Following the program, attendees will be able to view a selection of original works by Blair.
The Marc Davis Lecture on Animation was established in 1994 to provide a forum for established film animators and other experts in the craft to share their experiences as well as explore with their colleagues the challenges of creating animation for the screen. The lecture is named in honor of the man who gave life to characters as diverse as Brer Rabbit, the beautiful Cinderella, Alice (of Wonderland fame), Tinkerbell, and the delightfully wicked Maleficent and Cruella De Vil.

Tickets for "Mary Blair's World of Color: A Centennial Tribute" will go on sale Monday, October 3. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. They may be purchased online at, by mail, in person at the Academy during regular business hours or, depending on availability, on the night of the program when the doors open at 6:30 p.m.

I've always been impressed by her work and I think it's such a great thing to honor her. It's so sad that so much of her work ended up just in the Disney archives and lots of people never saw it. Although I also love that she was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty. I JUST LOVE MARY BLAIR WHAT A BAMF. PLS DISCUSS!
Tags: -alice in wonderland, -cinderella, -peter pan, awards, i made you a post with tons of pics, mary blair
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