Disney Legend: Mary Blair

Disney Legend: Mary Blair

I am not ashamed to say I am slightly (okay a lot) obsessed with Disney. But my love doesn’t only go as far as Walt himself, the parks or the movies – I love everything Disney. The Disney corporation had had many legends throughout its years and one of my absolute favourites is artist Mary Blair.

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Mary Blair was born in 1911 and her first professional job was as an animator for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and she went on to join the Disney corporation in 1940. She worked for Disney on and off throughout her career in many roles and worked on films like Dumbo, Song of the South and Peter Pan. Her talents were not limited to animation – she was also a writer and designer and concept artist.

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She passed away in 1978 and was posthumously recognised as a Disney Legend in 1991.

Here are just a few bits of my favourite Mary Blair work:

 

Mary Blair’s most iconic Disney work would have have to be It’s a Small World.  The song really does get stuck in your brain for days but you have the Sherman bothers to blame for that!

 

If you are lucky enough to visiting Disney World, inside the Contemporary Resort is Mary Blair’s largest mural. It stands a giant 90 feet tall and is made up of over 18,000 hand painted tiles! It even boasts a 5 legged goat.

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If you would like to know more about this amazing artist I recommend listening to the WDW Radio Disney Legend Podcast: You can listen here.

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There are also some great books on Amazon which I would thoroughly recommend to any Mary Blair Fan:

The Art and Flair of Mary Blair: An Appreciation

Magic Color Flair: The World of Mary Blair

Who is your favourite Disney legend? Let me know in the comments!

 

Originally posted 2016-05-08 13:18:06.

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  1. May 8, 2016 / 2:59 pm

    Thanks for a great story! I love all of this artwork and didn’t realize it was Mary Blair’s work. My favorite Disney artist was Ward Kimball, because of my dual love of Disney and toy trains.

    • May 8, 2016 / 3:22 pm

      Thanks for reading. Am I right in thinking there used to be a Ward Kimball train at Disneyland? The 9 old men of Disney really are legends

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