I wouldn’t go so far as to call UPA’s feature 1001 ARABIAN NIGHTS a good film, but there is a lot of nice artwork in it. By the late-50s, UPA had squandered its reputation as a progressive modern animation studio, and the dumbed down storytelling and general immaturity of this film proved to be the final nail in its coffin. After production on this film, nearly all of the studio’s top artists departed, including their three primary background painters—Jules Engel, Bob Dranko and Bob McIntosh. In this post are some of Engel’s thumbnail color scripts for one of the film’s scenes. (As usual, click on them for larger versions.) There’s also an earlier post I did HERE with more concept art from the film. The final image in this post is a still from the finished film to give an idea of how the final bgs were executed. Which color styling do you like better—Engel’s color scripts or the finished backgrounds? There’s no right answer, I’m just curious to hear your thoughts.
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