At the Animation Research Library (ARL), even room numbers celebrate Disney's artistic legacy.
Mary Walsh, the ARL's managing director, seen in the ARL foyer, was one of D23's hosts during our recent visit to the Library.
Creative Director Lella Smith in one of the ARL's vast cataloging and preservation rooms pointing to a gorgeous piece of concept art from the hand of Eyvind Earle.
D23 met with Disney Visual Development Artist Lorelay Bove in vault 3, one of the ARL's six cavernous storage vaults, where she was admiring the work of Disney Legend Mary Blair---one of Disney's greatest artists and one of Lorelay's favorites.
Managing the ARL's invaluable collection requires precise state-of-the-art preservation and precise cataloging.
The ARL's design team prepares another installation. "Our department is very collaborative, as each group depends on the skills and expertise of the other teams in order to bring a project to fruition," says designer Tamara Khalaf.
ARL Librarian Fox Carney (far right) and members of the ARL staff preserve and catalog artwork in one of the ARL's main work areas.
The ARL's affable and quick-to-smile Fox Carney. The veteran librarian is a passionate ambassador for the ARL and has vast knowledge of its treasures.
A character sketch of Cogsworth, from the hand of Disney Legend Marc Davis.
A member of the digitization team prepares to photograph and digitize. According to ARL Technical Manager Mark Dawson, the ARL digitizes between five and ten thousand images per week, using three different cameras and scanners---each designed to photograph images of varying sizes and mediums.
The entrance to vault 3 at the ARL, one of six vast repositories for the world's largest collection of animation art. There are more than 60 million pieces of art in the collection.
A wooden Pinocchio puppet helped animators capture its movements authentically.
A maquette of Princess Tiana used during the making of The Princess and the Frog.
D23 completed our visit with an amazing look at Salvador Dali concept art created for Destino. Although production on the film began in 1945, the movie wasn't released until 2003.