Gallery: Background Paintings from “Adam and Dog”

Minkyu Lee conceived his Oscar-nominated short Adam and Dog while attending the Film Directing program at CalArts. Lee, 27, spent nearly three years making the film, all the while working a dayjob at Disney on the features Winnie the Pooh and Wreck-It Ralph. He squeezed in time on his own film during nights and weekends, but his ambitious vision (Adam and Dog is fifteen minutes long) eventually necessitated a four-month sabbatical from Disney so that he could devote full attention to his Biblically-inspired tale.

Lee was not only the film’s director, but also its producer, storyboard artist, designer, lead animator, and background painter. The backgrounds, painted in Photoshop, are one of the film’s highlights. The dramatically lit compositions contrast lovingly textured elements of nature with wide expanses of open space. It is an unlikely vision of the Garden of Eden that suggests at once comfortable familiarity and ethereal majesty.

Lee shared the following selection of background paintings with Cartoon Brew:


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Sullivan/100001833542564 Matt Sullivan

    More 2D animation! MOOORRRRE!

  • http://twitter.com/jenhurler Jen Hurler

    I love when the backgrounds in an animation are this beautiful standalone.
    What a craftsman.

  • Andreas Wessel-Therhorn

    the backgrounds were my favourite component of this short

  • Toonio

    The race for the Oscar for an animated short is now a battle between a one man David and a corporate juggernaut Goliath.

    We all know who is going to win yet we’ll keep rooting for David.

    • Jonah

      But David DID beat Goliath…

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.persing Stephen Persing

    Great work!

  • Those Girls

    Ahh! So good! Love this.

  • Floyd Norman

    A truly remarkable film. I loved it.

  • Mike

    Oscar, please, please,please,please,please,please,please,please,please,please,please,please,please,please,please,please,please,please,please,please,please,please,please,please,please,please,please give him that little statue of yours!

  • jorge verdugo

    this is better than paperman , paperman is a good practice for have a more appealing shapes for characters but this story is more strong I think

  • Maddy

    Nice BG, is the animation traditional 2D animation drawn on paper ?

  • Inkan1969

    I’m pretty sure that “Adam and Dog” will win the Oscar, because of the breadth of its story, and the very extravagant backgrounds.