Belgium-born James Bodrero was considered by many to be Disney’s top concept artist, along with Kay Nielsen. At 38, he was older than most of the twenty-something artists in Joe Grant's model department at Disney. Known for his charm and a devil-may-care bravado, he fit right in.
“He could talk endlessly and make you laugh all the way,” said famed animator Frank Thomas.
Bodrero’s concept drawings for the bacchanal sequence of the Pastoral Symphony section in 1940's Fantasia have a lusty sexuality and ribald wit. Drunken, lusting centaurs and centaurettes chasing and dancing, all beautifully created in textured pastels on colored paper, lend a raucous air to Disney's masterpiece. Bodrero’s old, fat, drunken, debauchee, Bacchus, astride his loyal jackass/unicorn concept drawings are irresistibly humorous. Each sketch bursts with boisterous life.
GAI has released a few of these highly sought-after pastels from our archives for collector consideration. For more information about these Bodrero pastels, or other rare art from our archives, please contact Steve Pinkney (firstname.lastname@example.org) or David Deacon (email@example.com).