Walter Peregoy: First Look

For the presentation my group and I got assigned the artist Alwyn Walter Peregoy, a production designer, colour stylist and background artist. He worked with Disney on both sides of WW2, along with Format Film and Hanna-Barbera. He also free-lanced for a short while throughout the 1980s/90s. Walt died last year (2015) at age 89.

While doing a bit of research I found out that he received the Winsor McCay Award in 2012 for recognition of his work in the animation industry. After reading this I went on to research about this award and what it meant. I have no books on this topic so I just quickly looked on google about who had previously received this award. Turns out, according to the official Annie Awards Website, it’s the highest honorary given to an individual in the animation career. It’s awarded on behalf of their dedication, career and contribution to the art of animation. Which is cool, imagine receiving such an award!!

Walt was best known for 101 Dalmatians but also contributed massively to The Jungle Book, Sleeping Beauty and also Hanna-Barbera’s Scooby Doo and others. His background work is insane! I looked mostly at The Jungle Book backgrounds (big fan), also something I’ve never really taken into consideration before. However, looking at them more closely you can really see the work behind them.

Jungle Book Background Still by Walter Peregoy

Take this concept background still for example. After only really learning about the temperature of light over the past few months you can easily see how well this is represented in this painting. The warm light hits the foreground plants and highlights them and the cool light is driven to the background plants that aren’t hit by the natural sunlight. Also if this photo was reduced in saturation it would still be completely obvious as to what it is from the exceptional use of tonality.

Black and White Background Still by Walter Peregoy

This is another still from The Jungle Book in black and white. This demonstrates better the use of tonality is Walt’s work. It is clear to see the scenery and where the light highlights the plants, even though the temperature of light is not visually clear due to the reduced saturation.

I’ll continue to do research on Walt for my group’s Pecha Kulcha presentation and after. I’m greatly inspired from such simple research by Walt Peregoy, as background work and colour development is something I’m definitely interested in.


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