“Annette” by Kevin Kidney

I’ve plugged Anaheim artist/designer Kevin Kidney and his wonderful creations, paper sculptures and blog before. Now I have a special reason.

We share a special fondness for those cool Bill Justice and X. Atencio paper cut-out opening titles for The Mis-Adventures of Merlin Jones (1964, see embed below), and a special affection for Disney icon Annette Funicello. Now Kidney has been able to use his talents to do a tribute to that papercraft animation and, at the same time, do a good deed to help to Annette and others with Multiple Sclerosis.

Kidney has created several versions of Paper Annette, one from the Tommy Kirk masterpiece, another as a hostess at the Golden Horseshoe and a third as a “pineapple princess”. The artwork is now available in endless varieties of coffee mugs, iphone covers, key chains, candy jars and even postage stamps. Every purchase goes to the Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases. Giving to a good cause has never been so much fun.

Click here to see the merch at the Zazzle shop for Annette’s Place store.

Below is a gallery of several of Kevin’s paper-sculpts for Mickey’s Soundsational Parade at Disneyland (click thumbnails to enlarge):

(via Los Angeles Magazine)


  • Brian O.

    Great effort and cause. On a side-note, Bill Justice and X. Atencio don’t get enough attention. I love their work.

  • http://mousetracksonline.com/blog.php Greg Ehrbar

    We love Annette, love this idea and will love buying this stuff. She is a great lady, an icon and there’s no one else like her.

    • http://mousetracksonline.com/blog.php Greg Ehrbar

      Bill Justice and X Atencio did cut-out animation for “A Symposium on Popular Songs.” Also for that film, as well as “Noah’s Ark,” the title sequence from “The Parent Trap,” and the toy soldiers sequence in Annette’s favorite of her films, “Babes in Toyland.” The Toyland soldiers made a cameo in the “Mary Poppins” nursery sequence and march in the Disney park holiday parades.

  • wever

    Did he do those cut-out animations for some Toot Whistle Plunk And Boom disney specials?

  • Bud

    Don’t forget the brilliant designer and director, T.Hee. He contributed to some of those titles, too!

  • kc

    Does anyone know how one learns to do papercraft like that? I’ve always been intrigued by it but have never come across any resources on the craft, just gorgeous works! any recs would be welcome!

    • the Gee

      It would be a shame if there are no books on papercraft.

      It would be very, very wrong, actually.

  • Michel Van

    What a magnificent work
    i never thought you can bring emotion and Character
    into paper sculptures animation.

    by the way
    i fond in Kidney you tube video this link
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6mH_4Kzyzc&feature=endscreen

    Also his work ? or another grand master from 1960s?