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Thursday, February 26, 2009

"Bambi" (1941) [1 of 9] - Thumper and Lady Bunny Oil

A very unusual oil background and cels of Tumpter and Lady Bunny. This is one of the more striking pieces in our collection. A fantastic piece. And we framed it accordingly.

The scene was also the basis for one of the Disney Catalog covers (also below).


Forgot one... Darn it.

Here's the Bambi cover of "Eyes and Ears" drawn by Don Williams -- this cover was signed by Don.

Don Williams Signed Bambi Cover

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From “Bambi” (1942). Thumper being "Twiterpated" by Lady Bunny. Cels of Thumper and “Lady Bunny” on an original oil master background. Marked 2002-10.2-14. An oil background is unusual, since water color was the traditional medium. [11.5"W x 8.25"H] Acquired 1996. SeqID-0167 Updated: 7/16/2005

Reference: This image was the inspiration for the cover of a Disney catalog. SeqID-0038
Reference: This image is part of a sequence illustrated in a book written by animators Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas. Thomas, Frank & Johnston, Ollie. Too Funny for Words. NY: Abbeville Press, 1987. ISBN 0-89659-747-4. SeqID 1503.


From Don Williams’ recreation from “Bambi” (1939/1995). Bambi is featured on the cover of this "Eyes & Ears" publication (magazine for Walt Disney World). This is the December 21, 1995 issue; Volume 25, Number 51. The cover artwork is signed by Don Williams. [Item: 11"W x 17"H] Acquired 1997. SeqID-0261 11/29/2008

Actress Jane Randolph and Ice Capades star Donna Atwood acted as live-action references for Bambi and Thumper's misadventure on ice.

Don “Ducky” Williams ( 12/2/2008: Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Don "Ducky" Williams wrote his first letter to Walt Disney at age 10. His desire to be a Disney artist intensified as Don grew up, but had to be put on hold while he spent four years in the U.S. Navy. After his tour of duty, he returned to Massachusetts and became employed at a local savings bank, Don still yearned to be with Disney and spent much of his spare time drawing and painting the Disney characters. After much determination and perseverance, Don left the bank and moved to Florida to pursue his life long dream, which was realized in 1980. Now, after nearly 30 years with Disney's Yellow Shoes, The acclaimed Senior Character artist, Don "Ducky Williams has drawn literally thousands of Disney stars for books, lithographs, brochures, magazine ads, and television.

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