it’s my 26th birthday this weekend and we’re going skating! as soon as i started making the plans i also started to remember an old animated short i loved as a child, about victorian lovers skating on a pond. after a few figure-eights of searching the Disney archives, i found it: 1948’s Once Upon a Wintertime.
i love the feeling of watching something you haven’t even thought about in years—so much nostalgia! the art and colour styling in this piece is what i find most compelling, and the same scenes i loved so many years ago still stand out today.
(screen shots via the encyclopedia of animated Disney shorts.)
after the animation a book—a Little Golden Book!—of Wintertime was published and Ward-O-Matic has scans of the illustrations and story. he also believes that the stunning imagery is thanks to Mary Blair, one of Disney’s first and most prominent female concept artists. (she worked on Alice in Wonderland, and the full-screen flashes of colour change in Wintertime are definitely used again with Alice.)