Google dedicates Doodle to ‘Disney legend’ artist Mary Blair

21 Oct 2011

The Google Doodle honouring artist Mary Blair

American artist Mary Blair has been commemorated in a new ‘Doodle’ on Google’s home page. Her art features in iconic Disney movies like Peter Pan, Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland, as well as 1950s children’s books, such as I Can Fly by Ruth Krauss.

Born in Texas on 21 October 1911, Blair began working for Disney in the 1940s and first provided art for films such as Dumbo, an early version of Lady and the Tramp and a second version of Fantasia, which was released in the 1990s.

In the 1950s, she provided concept art for such films as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Song of the South and Cinderella.

Several children’s books from the 1950s that Blair illustrated remain in print, such as I Can Fly.

She also designed for advertising campaigns for brands such as Maxwell House and Nabisco, as well as a Pepsi Cola-sponsored pavilion benefiting UNICEF at the 1964 New York World Trade Fair.

Blair died in 1978 and was honoured as a Disney Legend in 1991.

The Google Doodle appears to be inspired by Blair’s artwork for Alice in Wonderland.

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