The woman behind much of Disney’s most famous animated films, Mary Blair was the conceptual artist for Cinderella, Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland.
In my opinion, her art is much more interesting than the overly polished final version. “She brought modern art to Walt in a way that no one else did,” the late animator Marc Davis once recalled of Blair’s work. This HuffPo story gives a (very) brief synopsis of her rise and reach in the Magic Kingdom, including: “Her insight wound its way into more than just films. In the 1960s, Disney recruited Blair’s expertise in the design and creation of the memorable It’s a Small World ride, transforming her two-dimensional illustrations into three-dimensional works of art.”
If you’re in San Francisco before September of this year, you can see an exhibit of Davis’s work at the Walt Disney Family Museum.