?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Look Back | Look Forward

Preston Blair Ripoffs

Almost anyone who has studied Disney animated movies or who is interested in animation as an art form has encountered the work of Preston Blair.



Blair animated the dancing hippos in "Fantasia," and many other characters through his career; he worked not only with Disney but with Warner as well. Some images from his book:


Facial Expressions






The "Screwball" Characters

I've had this book in my library for over 40 years; so you can imagine my surprise when we walked into a McDonald's somewhere in Florida and found this:







Wholesale ripoff of Blair's work. Artists are not supposed to do this; using someone else's work as a model is one thing, but outright plagiarism is another.

Blair's work is probably some of the most pirated ever; all you have to do is go to a Google image search and look for "Preston Blair Ripoffs" - there is no end of examples.

Blair may be long gone, but his work is his, and should not be so blatantly appropriated - especially not by a company as large as McDonald's.

The Old Wolf has spoken.


Support Wind Power

respective-eponymous

Comments

stevenroy
May. 25th, 2012 08:26 am (UTC)
Yeah, total "boo" for blatantly copying the art like that. That's terrible. That's "summon the lawyers" terrible!

I gotta admit, though, at least they used it in an interesting way!
r_caton
May. 25th, 2012 09:17 am (UTC)
Think of all the Ice Cream Vans with Mickey & Donald on the back.....
deckardcanine
May. 25th, 2012 01:39 pm (UTC)
Are you sure that this restaurant isn't itself a ripoff? It looks nothing like the McDonald's I know.
kusanagi_sama
May. 25th, 2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
It could be one of the many 60's themed McDonalds (with a 50's or 60's designed building.)
ccdesan
May. 25th, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
It's really a McDonald's. An odd one, to be sure - I wonder if the decor is not the doing of an individual franchisee who is stepping outside the normal boundaries.
torakiyoshi
May. 25th, 2012 06:16 pm (UTC)
They probably assumed that since the Mouse is now public domain, that these are as well.

I find it interesting how these characters have the Disney look, but they remind me more of Warner Brothers.
secoh
May. 25th, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
Mickey mouse is not in the public domain. Disney lobbies reguarly to have copyright laws changed to ensure this does not happen.
torakiyoshi
May. 26th, 2012 12:28 am (UTC)
What was that media blitz two years ago when the last copyright extension expired?
secoh
May. 26th, 2012 10:18 am (UTC)
It all came up again during the SOPA and PIPA debates recently.
secoh
May. 25th, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
Who knows maybe the building or franchise owner has an actual connection. Not all random art is stolen.
ccdesan
May. 25th, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
There's always that possibility. My gut tells me, however, that this is not the case.
secoh
May. 25th, 2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
Occam's razor and experience agrees with you. It would be good to find out for sure.
thefoxaroo
May. 26th, 2012 11:04 am (UTC)
I hope *my* characters will live on after I'm dead.

Profile

Fortunata
ccdesan
The Old Wolf
Website

Latest Month

November 2017
S M T W T F S
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930  

Tags

Powered by LiveJournal.com