The Swing by Jean-Honoré Fragonard and references to it in Disney media (in order:)

  • Visual development for Tangled, painted by Lisa Keene.
  • Frozen, painted by Cory Loftis.
  • Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh.
  • The Last of the Big Time Swingers: Swingin’ Teddi Barra, designed by Marc Davis and quite possibly the very last park-related thing Walt saw before he died.

“Snow is an opportunity, because it’s a white canvas.  It’s a lighter’s dream, in that the lighting is the color.  The local color is minimal at best in all these snowscapes, so it’s all about the lighting.  We consider it a blank canvas that allows us to actually paint with light.  We’re having a lot of fun with that.” - Lisa Keene, Frozen assistant art director


I’d like to take a moment to talk about the story behind these three pictures. The first one is an 18th-century oil painting by Jean Honore Fragonard. The second image is a piece of concept art (inspired by the painting) for Tangled by Lisa Keene. And then the piece became so popular that after a few changes (as you can see in the third image) it was put into Frozen.