Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Eggs

This being Easter Sunday ...

Charles Solomon narrates a short history (or longer history, if you pick the right tab(s) at the left of the linked screen) of insider caricatures in animated features, featurettes and shorts.

... For animators, an Easter egg is an in-joke, a caricature, or some other surprise hidden in a movie. Disney animator Eric Goldberg says the practice goes back at least to the 1930s: "You can look at 'Ferdinand the Bull,' for example, from 1938, and there’s a scene where all the characters are caricatures of staffers. There’s Ward Kimball, there’s Art Babbitt, there’s Freddie Moore, and at the end, the matador himself is Walt Disney. If Walt can take a joke, then so can we." ...

H/t: President Emeritus Tom Sito.


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