Howard Ashaman’s sister,Â Sarah Ashman GillespieÂ s recently started a blog devoted to her brother the amazingÂ lyricist, composer, producer, writer and creativeÂ geniusÂ who past away far to early now almost 21 years ago to the day. With this blog she recalls her childhood and talks with the many people Howard worked with and became friends like some of the big names at the Disney animation studio inÂ California. One of them John Musker co-director/co-writer/co-producer Â of The Little Mermaid and AladdinÂ anwsers 10 questions about working with Howard Ashman. So far he is on the 3th question. The second one, counting down from 10 it’s actually the 8th, he’s been asked.
I just watched something I’ve been wanting to see forever, The Making of Aladdin: A Whole New World hosted byÂ Â John Rhys-Davies. True parts of it did make it to the 2004 SE DVD and yes the animators do tell the same as they’ve done in the Making of book and again in interviews. But this making of documtentryÂ took me backÂ 16 years ago when Aladdin was the latested and greatest the Disney animation studios pulled out of theirÂ pencils.Â
Over at the Aladdin community Agrabah at LJ links to early storyboard sequences of A Whole New World, other storyboards, early character designs where posted by PrinceAli. Storyboard artist Francis Glebas boarded AWNW below.
Over at the LiveJournal community Agrabah arielstreasures shared unique sketches of Princess Jasmine she scanned from a French making of Disney heroines back she got from her libary. Fans of Meg and Belle should keep an eye out, arielstreasures hopes to scan their sketches too.
I finally finished scanning The Art of Aladdin book, a Sotheby’s catalog listing orginal artwork used for the movie, that I bought a while ago. If you take a look at the two wallpapers I made below you probably will admire the talent of Disney’s background painters. The first wallpaper is the standard 1024 by 768 pixel format while the second one is slightly higher.