Friday, February 7, 2014

Last drawing at WDFAF

It was about this time, ten years ago, that I did my last official drawing at Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida as it was closing; it was for "The Little Matchgirl", a beautiful if heartbreaking musical short intended for inclusion in a Fantasia sequel. It's one of the five Hans Christian Andersen classics that Disney has depicted in animation, the others being "The Ugly Duckling", "The Little Mermaid", "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" and "Frozen" (based on "The Snow Queen").

Along with a little Mickey, I wrote along the bottom: "Thanks to God for the blessings of a ten-year career at Disney - my dream came true every day."


Eric Scales said...

The Little Match Girl was a beautiful short- I only hope that it's not being included in a larger film doesn't mean it will be forgotten over time. I know it was included on a Mermaid DVD several years ago- a new release of newer solo shorts on DVD/Blu-Ray would be great.

Don't forget the other Hans Christian Andersen story that Disney tackled in animation twice: The Ugly Duckling.

Ron said...

Thanks, for the reminder about "The Ugly Duckling"- I'll update the post!