This week's cover is somewhat autobiographical. I tried for seven years to be a vegetarian but just couldn't resist the call of the wild. I wish I could because I really love animals.
Unfortunately, they're delicious.
|catalogue cover by Sterling Hundley|
|Crayon drawing of Scrat which appears in the exhibit.|
|Silas, a salty petrel.|
|Dobson, like a few other characters I designed for this film, ended up having a non speaking part.|
|A hyrax learns how not to ride an eohippus (who is not in the film).|
The squid didn't make the cut either.
Nope. No horses.
|Squint, a nasty looking bunny pirate, was originally written as the pirate captain and leader of our villains.|
|It was fun to finally figure out what Sid's Uncle Fungus actually looked like. He was referred to only once in the history of the franchise. In fact, it was in Sid's very first scene.|
|Granny takes a bath, oblivious to the prehistoric sharks who also, by the way, did not make it into the film either.|
|Captain Gutt was originally written as a bear, but frankly, I could never nail him down in a drawing. Somehow, I just got the feeling that ursine was not the way to go.|
|It was only when I stumbled on the idea of making him an orangutan that things started to flow. What creature could be more at home swinging from the rigging? I think the animators were very relieved to have a character they could really have fun with and one who wasn't simply a biped. After all, an ape has four hands to work with.|
|Louis, the mole hog in love with Manny's teenage daughter, Peaches.|
|A siren from the films creepiest sequence. Boy, lighting and materials did an incredible job on these guys!|
|As requested, a few more Gutts.|
|These first two are early versions.|
|This one and the next are closer to the finished design.|