Saturday, September 14, 2013

Sleeping Beauty paintings in Princess Fairytale Hall

Sleeping Beauty is unlike other Disney movies in its look, owing largely to painter Eyvind Earle, whose distinctive use of squared corners and vivid color palette gave the movie a unique patina unmatched by all others. You can tell Earle-style art just by looking at it.

There are two "sides" to Princess Fairytale Hall: one decorated with blue wallpaper that includes little glass slippers - this is the Cinderella side (she's always here, plus one other - rotating - princess). The other side has red wallpaper with a rose in it - this is Rapunzel's side (she's always here, plus another rotating princess).

But both sides have artwork in the antechamber (just before the actual meet and greet room) and just inside the room itself, and that artwork is universally in the Earle style.

This prints are actual backgrounds from the Sleeping Beauty movie, and came from the Animation Research Library available to Disney Imagineers. Not every scene would be from Earle directly, but his fellow painters used his style for that movie.

Kevin Yee is the author of numerous independent Disney books, including the popular Walt Disney World Earbook series and Walt Disney World Hidden History.