Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 100th Birthday of Disney Legend, colour stylist and designer, Mary Blair. She injected modern art and her bold use of colour and design to Walt Disney and his studio for nearly 30 years. Her childlike art style has stayed the test of time and still inspires many today with her imaginative designs that can still be seen today in films and themeparks. In fact she drew concept art for such films as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Song of the South and Cinderella.
Take a look at some of her work in our gallery:
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[learn_more caption=”Mary Blair’s History” ] Born in McAlester, Oklahoma, in 1911, the inherently gifted artist won a scholarship to Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. After graduation in 1933, at the height of the Depression, Mary took a job in the animation unit of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) rather than pursue her dream of a fine arts career.
In 1940, she joined The Walt Disney Studios and worked on a number of projects, including the never-produced “Baby Ballet,” part of a proposed second version of “Fantasia.” (Walt’s original idea was to periodically re-release “Fantasia” with new sequences.)
In 1941, she joined the Disney expedition that toured South America for three months and painted watercolors that so captured the spirit of the Latin countries that she was named art supervisor on “The Three Caballeros” and “Saludos Amigos.” Mary’s unique color and styling greatly influenced such Disney postwar productions as “Song of the South,” “Make Mine Music,” “Melody Time,” “So Dear to My Heart,” “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad,” “Cinderella,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “Peter Pan.” She also contributed to special shorts, including “The Little House” and “Susie, the Little Blue Coupe.”
Walt asked Mary to assist in the design of the It’s a Small World attraction, which is pure Mary Blair in its style and concept, for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. Over the years, she contributed to the design of many exhibits, attractions, and murals at the theme parks in California and Florida, including the fanciful murals in the Grand Canyon Concourse at the Contemporary Hotel at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Mary Blair died July 26, 1978, in Soquel, California.
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