Select Page

Wolf, sloth bear and a Bengal Tiger villain

Rudyard Kipling’s father John Lockwood Kipling was an art teacher, art school director, museum curator and the first artist to illustrate The Jungle Book stories (volumes 1 and 2) that his son wrote.

Then, like good tales often do, The Jungle Book went to Hollywood. Walt Disney saw the potential when his chief story editor and longtime animation artist Bill Peet suggested that the adventures of Mowgli, Akela and Baloo offered some interesting animal characters for the staff to play with.

Disney and Peet later clashed over the direction of the script and storyboards Peet was developing. Peet, who’d go on to become a prolific children’s book author and illustrator, wanted the film to stay true to Kipling’s dark themes of survival challenge and man’s destruction of wild habitat.

Disney wanted music, laughs, sunshine, loveable characters “and a little heart.”

This Disney produced documentary smacks in the beginning of hagiography, but it shifts gears to tell a fascinating “process story”, rich with interviews and the artwork in all its stages and permutations. I hope you enjoy this part 1 video.

* * * * *

Discover a most empowering free secret for making good drawings.

See photos of the 2012 Regional Conference, Something for Everybody put together by the Austin Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Children's book illustrator Bill Peet worked up the first storyboard for the Disney telling of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book."
  • Facebook
  • Google+
  • Gmail
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn

Children's book illustrator Bill Peet worked up the first storyboard for the Disney telling of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book."

About The Author

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Illustrators, how do your stories grow? « How To Be A Children's Book Illustrator - [...] The latest video post shows how Walt Disney and his team turned the Rudyard Kipling stories sideways and added songs…
  2. » De-foresting Kipling’s dark jungle Illustration Course - [...] « Wolf, sloth bear and a Bengal Tiger villain [...]
  3. » Disney’s last cartoon Illustration Course - [...] last two videos from the documentary on the making of The Jungle Book. You can see parts 1 and 2…

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Colored Pencil Bootcamp Starts June 1!

A Drawing Secret

Yes, please! I want to know the "crazy best" drawing secret!

New semester!

Join us on Facebook!

Writing for children

Video art lessons!

Richard Robinson Painting Instruction

Click here to watch the video.

Pin It on Pinterest

Shares
Share This

Share This

Share this post with your friends!