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.

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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:

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Facial Expressions

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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:

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This is 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. It is so blatant I wrote to McDonald’s corporate and let them know, simply because this sort of thing makes them vulnerable. I got a call back from their legal department asking for more information, so they took it seriously.

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.

But the beat goes on – just today I saw this picture show up on Facebook, a plug for Plexus Slim:

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… and the beat goes on.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

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