Walt Peregoy and Fernand Léger

Robert McIntosh and Fernand Leger
Oswald Iten’s blog Colorful Animation Expressions offers a nice post about the influence of Fernand Léger on Walt Peregoy, the color stylist of 101 Dalmatians. The comparison made between the work of Léger (left) and Magoo background painter Bob Mcintosh (right) is also quite striking.


  • Katella Gate

    Does anybody know why Peregoy left Disney and how he wound up at Hanna-Barbera (aside from a need to eat?)

  • http://okgrillo.blogspot.com/ Oscar Grillo

    Hhhhhmmmmm…..

  • http://www.tomsito.com Tom Sito

    Thanks for pointing this out. People tend to forget that animation artists at this time didn’t just live on cartoons alone. They considered themselves artists first. Many like Selby Kelly and Paul Julian told me they would gather for house parties to spin Coltrane and Miles Davis records, and discuss new trends in art like DeKooning, Pollock, Frank Stella, Miro’ and Leger.

  • Rudolf

    Many people wound up at Hanna-Barbera after work on “One Hundred and One Dalmatians” was completed, including Bob Goe, Peregoy and Iwao Takamoto.

  • http://Mr.FunsBlog Floyd Norman

    Disney’s animation staff went through severe downsizing after “Sleeping Beauty” and “101 Dalmatians.” A lot of good people left the studio.

    Walt Peregoy did stick around long enough to paint the backgrounds on “The Sword in the Stone.” If I recall correctly, he painted most of the film pretty much by himself.

    Peregoy became a “Disney Legend” at a special ceremony two weeks ago. An honor he truly deserves because he sure earned it.

  • Robert Schaad

    Great post! Peregoy’s work is fantastic. Along with the other artists mentioned, I’m sure Stuart Davis was an influence as well.

  • Scott Harpel

    Also those looking for Windwagon Smith a pretty clear copy is presently on YouTube.

    Question Floyd, You don’t happen to know of anyone who recorded his speech at the presentation do you? I here it was a real eye brow raiser.

    Also side note on Mr. Fun anyway you could upload all the great images in a higher res somewhere, that great Anderson drawing for Gummi Bears spring to bind you can barley register its his hand it its current size. Thanks though for the work put into the Blog.

  • mark

    I find a great similarity between the Leger piece and a painting used in the film “The Omega Man”. You can see it at 4 seconds into this clip. Did Leger do the piece shown in the movie?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WhfxJCk8YA&feature=PlayList&p=C161929EADD0B636&index=79

  • mark

    I’ll gladly answer my own question. Leger did the piece that was used in the film. It is on display here.

    http://collectionsonline.lacma.org/mwebcgi/mweb.exe?request=keyword;keyword=Fernand