The Tom Oreb model sheet below, irreverently titled “Pegleg-less Pete Cat,” was for a car commercial with Donald Duck, ca. 1955. There’s a cel from the commercial in the book, but we couldn’t fit in this model sheet.
That so many commercials with stylized Disney characters were produced at studio is nothing short of amazing. Had Walt known that his most famous characters were receiving such extreme makeovers, he never would have approved, and in fact, as soon as Walt found out about them, he forbade the commercial division from doing any more stylized versions of the characters. Fortunately, Oreb had already created dozens of reinterpretations of the Disney characters. His mastery of design and shapes is just amazing in these designs. Note how in the model sheet below he plays curves versus straights in Pete’s face. Even in straight-ahead poses, there is nothing even or boring about the character’s design.