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Google Honors Mary Blair

Mary Blair

Let’s give it up for Google! October 21 marks the 100th anniversary of animation legend Mary Blair‘s birth, and Google honored her with the Google Doodle above. And credit to the Google artist who drew it, Mike Dutton.

Just for the record, Disney’s own website has done nothing (as far as I can tell) to commemorate Mary Blair’s birth, though when I went there, I was treated to a pop-up congratulating me on being selected to take a Disney Online survey.

  • Katella Gate

    First, Thanks to Google for remembering Mary with a Doodle.
    Second, Congratulations to Mike Dutton on evoking Mary’s style. I stumbled on the doodle doing some late-night research, and the art instantly made me think of Mary and if it were her birthday.
    Last and Least: Shame on DisneyCorp for letting Mary’s Tomorrowland tile murals sit defaced and hidden under crappy poster “art”. There’s money enough to promote Mary as a marketing gimmick, but not two nickels to rub together to actually save the art. Yeah, I’m pissed.

  • Very very cool.

  • Tom D

    Happy Birthday, Mary! Here’s to many, many more!

  • Rufus

    Go Google for thinking of Mary Blair.
    Disney clearly doesn’t give half a shit about any of its legacy, unless it has HUGE marketing opportunities.

    • How many on the marketing team at Disney even know who Mary Blair is?

  • So cool. Think how many more non animation people will discover her art now

  • Just discovered Mary Blair thanks to Google, instantly a huge fan.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      I seem to notice a thing whenever something like this pops up on Google, people finally learn all the long.

  • Brian Kidd

    When I was a child, I was drawn to her design style without knowing anything about who created it. It was always warm, whimsical, and bold. It wasn’t until I was in college that I discovered that one woman was responsible for the art that had intrigued me so much as a child. She is one of my favorite artists to this day.

  • Way to go Google! :)

    Happy Birthday, Mary Blair!

    Your work and influence is what made The Three Caballeros, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan my favorite Disney films of all time growing up.

  • Mister Twister

    I… have nothing.

    John Lasseter, shame on you.

  • Andrew Farago

    Very cool. Mike told me about this several months ago, when he asked me to help him contact Mary’s nieces to get their blessing on this project. It’s great to finally see it online!

  • John Morgan

    I work at the Contemporary Hotel, home of Mary’s only surviving mural done for Disney. I consider it a major job perk to see it 5 days a week. I took great pleasure telling managers and our general manager at how they and the Mouse had dropped the ball in a major way. I’m surprised that given they are marketing an object d’art based on this mural they might have made a gesture.

  • Vic

    Back when Roy was alive, I got the feeling that Disney execs paid attention (and devoted resources) to the Walt-era legacy, if for no other reason to suck up to him. Now I just get the sense that nobody at the higher levels cares about any of that stuff unless there’s some obvious immediate marketing potential. Does anybody seriously think Rich Ross could name more than a dozen of the Disney animated features?

    It just seems like as a company, Disney is confused about its own identity these days. But then again, most media companies are in the same boat. It’s rough waters trying to cut production expenses and avoid risk while continuously raising your CEO’s salary. They’re wringing the same towels so many times they’re threadbare.

    I wish John Lasseter could inspire the troops to have a sense of history, but it seems that the only legacy he’s inspiring them to preserve is his own. I know it’s churlish, but I get a little tired of the constant Pixar self deification that goes on with “inside jokes” that are constantly written about as if they’re still clever. They should have just had Ratzenberg play the Pizza Planet truck in Cars 2 and retired two worn out runners in one.

    The other side of the coin, as a Disney geek is we have to admit to ourselves that our fandom for elements of company lore that are ancient history is probably putting us in an ever smaller group. As much as I love all of the nods to the early days of Walt and Roy’s careers that they are putting into the California Adventure Buena Vista Street, I wonder what percentage of tourists will have a clue what the significance of “Elias’ Department Store” is. It’s like the fans who are constantly insisting that Vault Disney should be back on the Disney Channel. Not going to happen. Though in these streaming days, I’d like to think that all of that stuff from Spin and Marty to Darkwing Duck could be available soon on some platform. Of course that would require that someone in the company still remembers what they actually have in the vault.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Well thanks for making us feel as small as we are bud!

  • Very cool.

  • Liesje

    Arrived at work yesterday to find the designer who sits next to me pouring over a Mary Blair Google Image search. He looked up at me and said “Mary Blair, you know who she is?” I said “Of course.” He was in awe. I guess it was my turn to be in the know; a few weeks ago he introduced me to the work of Charlie Harper.

  • Somebody

    I think some of you are under the impression that Mary Blair is still alive. Sorry to disappoint, but she died more than 30 years ago.

    • Nana

      No, she’s alive! I’ll show her to you! Follow ol’ Nana, she knows de way!

      You see? ….She lives in you ;)

    • Katella Gate

      She is not dead, only asleep; and in the mean time, her work keeps vigil.

  • Malinda

    Did you guys miss the stuff the Disney Insider put up on Friday? they put up a bunch of her art and had an article awhile back about her work on it’s a small world….