DISNEY LIMITED EDITION: THE BEAUTY OF LIFE
ABOUT THE IMAGE: Inspired by Walt Disney’s Animated Classic Bambi!
ABOUT THE MEDIUM: Each piece is hand-numbered, signed and embellished by the artist. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity!
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Rob Kaz, following graduation from UCF, began working for a number of small animation studios. Because Disney had recently relocated their animation studios to California and left many animators in Central Florida who chose not to uproot, Rob found himself working "alongside, quite possibly, the most talented artists I've ever known right there in those small studios." Their influence was invaluable.
While at the studios, Rob had the opportunity to work in many areas of film. In particular, the time spent in character creation and environments heavily influenced his painting style. For some time, Rob worked as a character artist for Electronic Arts (EA Tiburon) creating human likenesses in games such as Madden and NCAA football.
When Rob paints, he imagines places he'd rather be and he imagines friends along the way. Those two categories, Places I'd Rather Be and Friends Along the Way, occurred naturally as Rob began building a body of work. In most cases, his paintings easily fall into one or the other (and sometimes both).
When his last contract ended with EA, Rob took a leap of faith and began painting full time. Today, Rob's work is a mirror of his background in animation and video game art.
ABOUT THE FILM: Bambi is a 1942 American animated drama film directed by David Hand and produced by Walt Disney. The film is based on the 1923 book Bambi, a Life in the Woods by Austrian author and hunter Felix Salten. The film was released on August 13, 1942, and is the fifth Disney animated feature film.
The main characters are Bambi, a mule deer; his parents,the Great Prince of the forest and his unnamed mother; his friends Thumper, a pink-nosed rabbit; and Flower, a skunk; and his childhood friend and future mate, Faline. For the movie, Disney took the liberty of changing Bambi's species into a mule deer from his original species of roe deer, since roe deer are not native to North America. The film received three Academy Award nominations: Best Sound-Sam Slyfield, Best Song for "Love Is a Song" sung by Donald Novis and Original Music Score.
In June 2008, the American Film Institute presented a list of its "10 Top 10"—the best ten films in each of ten classic American film genres—after polling over 1,500 people from the creative community. Bambi placed third in animation. In December 2011, the film was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.