Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Walt Disney in Rio de Janeiro, circa 1941 - Part Two

Here we go for the part two of this fantastic LIFE Magazine report on Walt Disney in Rio de Janeiro with his team of Disney Studios animators, in 1941. If you've missed the part one of this article you will find it HERE.

On these first pictures, above and below, Walt, walking with Disney animators is the one holding the bag on his head!

The next three pictures are very interesting. They show a Disney animator learning how to dance samba which... will lead to the famous "Saludos Amigos" sequence when Jose Carioca learn Donald how to dance the famous brazilian dance.

...and Mary Blair was not insensitive to its rhythm.

May be a litlle bit later, the group enjoy a drink - Herb Ryman, left and Frank Thomas and Mary Blair on the right.

The next pictures, showing Disney animators doing sketches of parrots, show the research - and the birth - of a new Disney character, Jose Carioca. On the first picture below, Frank Thomas.

On these two next pictures, Herb Ryman (center).

And here is a sketch of Jose Carioca by Jack Miller.

Let's have a look now at pictures showing famous Disney animators. I think it's Herb Ryman on the one below...

Here is a painting from Herb Ryman.

The next pictures show Jack Miller doing sketches...

...whether it's a man holding bananas...

...or another one walking with plants over his head (!)

...or a man sleeping on a road...

...or a small Brazilian village. I think it's Herb Ryman (right) who is here with Jack Miller (left).

Another painting of Herb Ryman, precisely showing a poor Brazilian village.

A last picture of Jack Miller in big conversation with a charming brazilian girl. Anyone know how the evening ended?

The next pictures show the great Mary Blair. First, in a botanical garden, with her husband Lee Blair, also doing sketches.

Mary Blair doing sketches of young schoolgirls...

...or ducks...

...or a military parade...

And everybody seems to be interested by Mary's sketches!

On the two next pictures, Mary Blair and Lee Blair, with Rio de Janeiro bay famous skyline in the background.

And here is Mary Blair painting.

Others pictures of Mary and Lee...

Visiting a Brazilian art gallery...

A last nice picture of Mary, by LIFE photographer Hart Preston

Let's come back to Walt who also met Brazilian musicians.

On the next picture Walt is the one holding a string basse. Which doesn't mean that he knew to play it!

Apparently there was a private screening (of probably a Disney animated movie), and Walt was doing a special commentary for the audience!

The Brazilian premiere of Fantasia also happened while they were in Rio de Janeiro.

And an evening party, may be on the same evening. On the picture below the atmosphere looks a bit ceremonious...

...but as you can see on this next one it didn't stopped Walt to be sensible to the charm of the woman next to him!

An evening party, may be after the Fantasia Premiere...

...where Walt seems to be amazed by the table decor.

A last picture with Walt listening to a young singer.

This is the end of this incredible LIFE Magazine report and i hope you've enjoyed all these rare pictures of this golden era!

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All pictures: copyright LIFE Magazine - All pictures by Hart Preston

1 comment:

Marco Antonio Garcia said...

Amazing pictures, thanks Alain!
It's nice to see how fancy people used to dress on the streets of Rio and that there were no favelas in the mountains like today.

By the way, the paintings that they are seeing on the art gallery are from a very renowned and good Brazilian painter called Portinari.