The Disney Fine Art Stardust Collection & Denyse Klette Interview

By Leslie Combemale | March 17, 2023

Disney Fine Art has just released a lovely new series by Canadian artist Denyse Klette called “The Stardust Collection”, and it felt worth a blog to me. I just added Denise’s work to the site, and I think it’s going to be very popular, especially to people who love stargazing! Denyse has always wanted to …

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10 Cartoon Shorts Celebrating Love for Valentine’s Day

By Leslie Combemale | February 10, 2023

This Valentine’s Day, ArtInsights is doing cupid’s work, and watched lots of sweet, poignant, and sometimes heartbreaking cartoon shorts in the hopes of bringing you a worthy list for the holiday. I got weepy so you don’t have to, or at least not as often! I wanted to find 10 great cartoons from a variety …

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Heather Edwards Art and Exclusive Interview

By Leslie Combemale | October 6, 2022

In the latest Disney Fine Art release, there is a wonderful collection premiered by Heather Edwards, and it’s all VILLAINS! Heather has been creating beautiful fantasy art from the beginning of her career, and became an official Disney artist over a decade ago. Her originals are snapped up before they’re even released, or are done …

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Disney+’s Willow uses John Alvin’s Title Treatment for New Series

By Leslie Combemale | August 11, 2022

The new Willow live action original series has a premiere date of November 30th on Disney+, which is not as far away as it seems, and fans of the classic 1988 feature film are starting to get excited. That premiere date was announced at the Star Wars Celebration in May, along with a teaser trailer: …

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40th Anniversary of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: John Alvin and the Making of the E.T Movie Poster

By Leslie Combemale | June 10, 2022

If I said I had a favorite movie poster and then touched my two index fingers, you’d know which poster I meant. The mark of a great movie poster is one that, when the movie is mentioned, it’s the poster image it conjures, not a scene from the movie. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is the ultimate …

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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Peanuts Nostalgia, Art, and the Healing Power of Cartoons

By Leslie Combemale | November 16, 2021

Soon it will be Thanksgiving. Regardless of the complicated origins of the holiday, because of its focus on gathering with friends and family and showing appreciation and love to one another, it has always been and continues to be one of my favorites. In light of the pandemic, this year in particular it will be …

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Remembering Ed Asner: Emmy Winning Actor, Voice Artist, & Activist

By Leslie Combemale | September 9, 2021

Ed Asner passed away on August 29th at the age of 91, after living a fascinating life with uncompromising integrity, a tenacious curiosity, and, despite exhibiting a gruff, tough guy exterior, an open heart to both loved ones and strangers. Though beloved by Disney fans for his role in Pixar’s 2009 film UP and appreciated …

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Who Are You, Charlie Brown? An interview with Peanuts composer Jeff Morrow

By Leslie Combemale | July 5, 2021

There’s a ton of great Peanuts content on AppleTV+. Have you checked it out? There’s a new Snoopy show which is about to have another season, and a mocumentary on Peanuts and NASA called Snoopy in Space, and even older shows and tv specials you might not have seen.  Just released is a new documentary …

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All about Snow White: From the Brothers Grimm to Disney Live Action

By Leslie Combemale | June 24, 2021

This week, Disney confirmed to CNN that Rachel Zegler is, indeed, the newest live action Disney princess. She’ll be starring in the upcoming live action remake of Disney’s first full length animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, released in 1937. Zegler will no doubt be a household name after Steven Spielberg’s West Side …

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The Art and Career of Peanuts Animator Larry Leichliter

By Leslie Combemale | April 16, 2021

Emmy-award winning director and animator Larry Leichliter spends every morning hiking with his Australian shepherds for hours, in part to take in the beauty of nature that inspires him, in part to exercise and invigorate his all-too-smart canine best friends, Ben and Olive. He has always had dogs in his life. It’s no wonder, then, …

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A Walt Disney Winter: Top Ten Snow Scenes in Disney Animated Features

By Leslie Combemale | February 18, 2021

All across the country this February, we’ve been inundated with winter weather. At the time of this writing, Texas has been without power for way too long, due to a crushing storm, and that system has blown across to the Atlantic, dropping snow and ice as it has traveled. Perhaps, even with the few snow …

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Cartoon Love: Romance in Animation

By Leslie Combemale | February 4, 2021

For my first blog of 2021, I want to talk about cartoon love, love and romance in animation and animation art. Every February, as I look around the gallery, I consider just how much of animation and cartoon shorts are focused on love and romance. To be sure, it’s a strange year to celebrate Valentine’s …

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We celebrate Beethoven’s 250th Birthday with exclusive Peanuts production art!

By Leslie Combemale | December 12, 2020

Beethoven turns 250 in December. We don’t actually know the date of his birth, but we do know he was a December baby. Since Schroeder has had a passion for the composer since he was able to put his fingers to a keyboard, we asked the folks at Sopwith if there was any special Peanuts …

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New Scooby-Doo originals, Flinstones Storyboards and New Interview with Bob Singer

By Leslie Combemale | October 8, 2020

We recently unearthed some great storyboards from Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby, a Flinstones cartoon from 1993 that celebrates family, friendship, and the joy of children and grandchildren. Bob Singer, who worked at Hanna Barbera for many years, has signed this great Hanna Barbera production art, and we have them for sale on our website. Check them out …

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Spotlight on Mickey Mouse & early original Mickey Mouse drawings

By Leslie Combemale | August 28, 2020

Mickey has been a classic draw for Disney fans since 1928. Strangely, the fascination in terms of collecting started to wane in the mid-90s, and only in the last few years has he started having a resurgence. Now, since the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse in 2018, collectors are snapping up the oldest Mickey Mouse …

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The Life and Art of Disney Fine Artist Michelle St. Laurent: New Art + Exclusive Michelle St. Laurent Interview

By Leslie Combemale | August 14, 2020

Michelle St Laurent has made an indelible mark on the Disney fine art scene, and over her career has become one of the artists whose work is the most sought-after by Disney collectors. It’s plain to see why. Read on for more about Michelle St. Laurent and for an exclusive interview!

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