Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Reluctant Dragon

I was thrilled to discover the other day that NetFlix has started streaming a beautiful HD version of Disney's Reluctant Dragon. This is the whole feature, which includes the Robert Benchley backstage tour as well as the Goofy short How to Ride a Horse and The Reluctant Dragon.
The photo below shows John P. Miller, who storyboarded the famous Baby Weems section of the film. It looks like Miller is still at Disney's Hyperion studio, working on designs for Pinocchio and Dumbo.

Here is a link to a previous post on Baby Weems:

A couple of Miller's charming story sketches.

Baby Weems meets Albert Einstein in this Miller sketch and the maquette from Joe Grant's character model department.

Ward Kimball is featured in this story sketch for his live action appearance.

A poster from the 1941 movie.