WALT DISNEY STUDIO
original production animation model sheet
photostat on paper, dimensions: 11" x 14"
Since the early 1930s the Disney Studio has produced model sheets of its animated characters and/or atmosphere and concept art for circulation among artists and animators working in production of an animated film. Before the 1970s they were reproduced by a photostatic or printing process. They were made when a character or setting was in development and to help animators maintain a consistent look to the character throughout the film.
This photostat model sheet titled "Cricket Violinists Used in Bug Orchestra for 'Nutcracker Suite'" was made at the Disney Studio during production of Fantasia, and it was issued to artists "11-1-38" for their use in developing these characters for the film. They were superseded by the live-action orchestra and do not appear in the film. Interestingly, the shadow of a human hand appears in one of the images, indicating that Leopold Stokowski would have conducted the bug orchestra.