As mentioned previously, I’m spending my Labor Day at the annual classic movie convention in Hollywood, Cinecon. Inbetween screenings I’m rummaging the dealers room, looking for animation material, and luckily every year I seem to find something to add to my research.
I’ve been collecting animation still photos since my days working on Of Mice And Magic. Back then, the only way to illustrate a book or article on animation was with physical still photos (mainly in black and white). These days, those materials are no longer needed for illustrations. Most books prefer color, and either scanned animation cels or frame grabs from DVDs are superior to most old publicity photos created back-in-the-day.
Regardless, I still maintain a pretty large collection of animation publicity photos, presskits, posters, slides and lobby cards from animated features, shorts, commercials, TV shows and specials. I enjoy having them even though I don’t need them as much as I used to for my work. Now I collect purely for the fun of it. This year I picked up 15 more unique cartoon stills, and I thought I’d share a few favorites.