Animation Treasures is an incredible blog from Hans Bacher, an incredible blogger and a guy who loves classic animation as much as anyone (or more).
One of the amazing things Hans does is to go through old cartoons and extract out the backgrounds from them, re-creating them as full landscape paintings (without the cartoon characters). So you get the astonishing views of the entire setting of a cartoon. For example:
- Some bucolic farm scenery from DISNEY’s SILLY SYMPHONY – FARMYARD SYMPHONY.
- The background from the opening scene of Bambi is pretty amazing, though it’s not easy to get the full impact from the smallish image file.
- Mr. Bugs Goes to Town was a 1940 film by Dave Fleischer.
- Not just backgrounds, Hans has a variety of other materials, including opening title cards from Warner Brothers, Disney, MGM and other studios.
Hans explains how he does the background pans, too, in case you were wondering (or wanted to try it yourself).