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.


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

More Missed HUNCHBACK drawings

Here is Vance exploring the relationship between Djali and Esmeralda.

Thursday, December 3, 2009


Just stumbled across several from Hunchback that I had misplaced.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Can I Keep It?

Peter's Mother won't let him have a cat and the Maid thinks cats are worse than having little boys around the house.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Peter searches for a cat

Vance explored ways to show how lonely Peter was. He tried to make friends with everyone until eventually finding a feline friend. Peter that is, not Vance.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Getting off my Keister for Didier

The story begins with a lonely young boy whose father is an officer in the army and almost never at home. His mother is so wrapped up in society gatherings she has little time for Peter. He is left at home with the family maid who has no patience for little boys. Starving for some kind of emotional connection he looks outside his window for a cat to befriend.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Before we begin...

The story of "The Abandoned" took place in England just after WWII. We heard that Steven Spielberg was playing with the idea of bringing the musical "Cats" to the big screen as an animated film set in England at the same time so we needed a different local. Burny Mattinsen suggested San Francisco and because Joe Grant's mother was a survivor of the Great Earthquake Joe wanted to move our story to San Francisco just before the earthquake of 1906.

So let it be written.

So let it be done.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

What if you were a cat?

For about a year Vance, Burny Mattinson, Joe Grant and I worked on a Paul Gallico story called "The Abandoned" about a young boy who turns into a cat. I supposed we could have worked on a story called "Fat Chance Of Being Produced", or "Never To Be Released" but we worked on this one and of course it was abandoned. Vance did many drawings and paintings for "The Abandoned" and I have copies of almost all of them. So, welcome to "The Abandoned" it's going to take some time to post all of them.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Monday, October 5, 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Creative Talent Network’s Animation Expo (CTN-X)

I'll be here with a few Vance originals.

Have you registered for the Creative Talent Network’s Animation Expo (CTN-X)? Early bird pricing ends September 30th. The most anticipated animation tradeshow on the planet comes to the City of Burbank beginning Friday, November 20th – Sunday, November 22nd. This is the ONLY place where you’ll meet so many animation industry icons under one roof. Make contacts, learn new techniques and meet with recruiters. Hurry and join in on the action where “X” marks the spot to connect with renowned artists from around the world. Register online or call today (800) 604-2238. Early bird deadline is Sept. 30, 2009. CTN-X takes place at the Burbank Marriott Convention Center with ample discounted parking and is conveniently located across the street from the Burbank Airport and Amtrak Station. Early bird tickets are $25 for the exhibit floor only, $50 for a day pass and $125 for a 3-day pass. Discounted rates are available to students, active military and professional industry organizations. Space is strictly limited at this groundbreaking event. For more information and to register, please visit: www.ctnanimationexpo.com or call, (800) 604-2238 and mention the special member discount code to obtain an extra 10% off any 1day or 3day professional/general passport. GOMBX09

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Would you believe...?

Hard to believe this was for what became "Home On The Range". Someone could write a book on that journey alone.

Friday, August 21, 2009

No ideas?

One thing I noticed about Vance was that when he ran out of steam with the story he would switch to character or costume designs until he got back on track. The man refused to sit and do nothing.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Tuesday, August 11, 2009