DISNEY TREASURES COLLECTION: JOY OF FLIGHT
MEDIUM: Hand-Embellished Giclée on Canvas
SIZE: 30" x 15"
EDITION SIZE: 95
ARTIST: Rob Kaz
SIGNED: Hand-Signed by Artist
ABOUT THE IMAGE: Little Timothy Q. Mouse soars high in the sky with his flying elephant friend Dumbo in this uplifting work by Rob Kaz. Each piece is hand-numbered and embellished by the artist. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity! Officially Licensed artwork by Disney.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Rob Kaz, following graduation from UCF, began working for a number of small animation studios. Because Disney had recently relocated their animation studios to California and left many animators in Central Florida who chose not to uproot, Rob found himself working "alongside, quite possibly, the most talented artists I've ever known right there in those small studios." Their influence was invaluable.
While at the studios, Rob had the opportunity to work in many areas of film. In particular, the time spent in character creation and environments heavily influenced his painting style. For some time, Rob worked as a character artist for Electronic Arts (EA Tiburon) creating human likenesses in games such as Madden and NCAA football.
When Rob paints, he imagines places he'd rather be and he imagines friends along the way. Those two categories, Places I'd Rather Be and Friends Along the Way, occurred naturally as Rob began building a body of work. In most cases, his paintings easily fall into one or the other (and sometimes both).
When his last contract ended with EA, Rob took a leap of faith and began painting full time. Today, Rob's work is a mirror of his background in animation and video game art.
ABOUT THE FILM: Dumbo is a 1941 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. The fourth Disney animated feature film, it is based upon the storyline written by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl, and illustrated by Helen Durney for the prototype of a novelty toy ("Roll-a-Book"). The main character is Jumbo Jr., a semi-anthropomorphic elephant who is cruelly nicknamed "Dumbo", as in "dumb". He is ridiculed for his big ears, but in fact can fly by using his ears as wings. Throughout most of the film, his only true friend, aside from his mother, is the mouse, Timothy, a relationship parodying the stereotypical animosity between mice and elephants.
Dumbo was released on October 23, 1941; made to recoup the financial losses of both Pinocchio (1940 film) and Fantasia, it was a deliberate pursuit of simplicity and economy for the Disney studio. At 64 minutes, it is one of Disney's shortest animated features. Sound was recorded conventionally using the RCA System. One voice was synthesized using the Sonovox system, but it, too, was recorded using the RCA System.
In 2017, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically and aesthetically significant".
A live-action adaptation of the film directed by Tim Burton was released on March 29, 2019.