Anyone who worked at Disney Feature Animation over the past forty years knew who Vance Gerry was. Very few actually got to see his work before it was shipped off to the archives.

Fortunately, the geek in me started making copies of his work and instead of sitting in a folder in my personal archive I want to share these drawings with as many people as possible. If you look long enough at these drawings and paintings you will be able to see the kind, funny, humble and generous man that was Vance Gerry.


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Not so mysterious

This is another from that time and Vance described it as Zorro with a donkey. I'm not sure who Zorro was.


  1. Hey Ed,

    I always heard Vance used those cheap prang watercolors to paint his stuff - is that true?

  2. Ed, thanks for posting this stuff.

    I met Vance when I was working at the studio, unfortunately I didn't get a chance to work with him.

  3. Totally great that you're posting it all.

  4. Hey Ed, thanks for posting all this beautiful art. Vance was always a great inspiration to me - and such a nice guy :)

  5. I my self have never heard of Vance, being the little gosling stuck in my reed nest in this crazy animation world. Thanks for leavening some bread crumbs. I hope that you will be able to continue sharing this man's work and inspire young hopefuls like myself in story art and development.

  6. It would appear Vance never stopped working on feature ideas. Sadly, the executives had little interest in anything he did. I remember a cute story about little circus dogs he was developing. Nothing ever came of it, of course.

    Vance and I would often talk about the old days working for Walt. What a delight to have a boss who had a brain.