Five Walt Disney drawings of Chernabog from Fantasia
1940, colored pencil on paper, the drawings are from the Night on Bald Mountain sequence in the film, the lot comprises a wonderful rendition of Chernabogs hands with his gnarled elongated fingers ending in sharp pointed nails, four drawings of Chernabog in various stages of coming out of his crouching form at the apex of the mountain (three with his great bat wings); together with two rough pencil drawings of the three dancing female nudes, Chernabog picks up flames in his huge hands and the flames transform into figures of three nude females.
Vladimir Tytla is known for animating many villains during his employment with the Disney Studio such as Strombolli, the sinister Coachman and J. Worthington Foulfellow all from Pinocchio. However, the one villain he is most famous for is the larger than life Chernabog, the god of evil and destruction featured in the Night on Bald Mountain sequence near the end of the film of Fantasia. Apparently the model for animating this character was the famous horror actor Bela Lugosi, who was hired by the Disney Studio. Tytla was not completely convinced of Lugosis interpretation of this role and had Wilfred Jackson, a fellow animator, act it out instead.
12 ½ x 15in (Chernabog) and 10 x 12in (dancing nudes)