DISNEY TREASURES COLLECTION: FIRST HINT OF SPRING
ABOUT THE IMAGE: Inspired by Walt Disney’s Animated Film Bambi and features a Bambi and Thumper enjoying the first sign of Spring when they see a flower emerging through the snow.
ABOUT THE MEDIUM: Each Treasures On Canvas Collection Features stunning Limited-Edition artwork by many of your favorite artists. All titles are released in limited editions of 1500 and arrive beautifully gallery-wrapped and come complete with a Certificate of Authenticity. Officially Licensed artwork by Disney.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Michael Humphries passion to become an artist began as a youngster growing up in Tampa, Florida. Michael knew his destiny was to draw and paint, and when his family moved to Long Beach, California, his artistic abilities blossomed. Throughout high school, Michael sought every opportunity to observe nature and create art. While in his second year of college, Michael was drafted and served as a member of the Army’s 1st Air Cavalry Division’s Combat Art Team in Vietnam. Upon his return, Michael continued his art education at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he currently teaches.
Michael’s professional career began at Walt Disney Studios. While still a student at Art Center, Michael was asked to join Disney’s Feature Animation team as a background artist. Michael’s film credits include The Great Mouse Detective, The Rescuers Down Under, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, as well as Academy Award® winners Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and The Lion King. He continued with Disney as art director for The Steadfast Tin Soldier segment of Fantasia 2000, as well as two musical shorts, One by One and the Academy Award® nominated short film The Little Match Girl. Michael was nominated for an Annie Award as production designer on Sony Pictures’ first 3D animated movie, Open Season. For his dedication to the art of animation, Michael was elected to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Michael’s paintings exhibit his fascination with the American landscape and continue to remind us to examine intimate designs in our world that we take for granted while inspiring us to discover those “little things” in nature as well. His attention to detail draws viewers into his paintings and compels them to stay awhile.
Michael resides with his wife and daughter in Studio City, California. Sagebrush Fine Art, Salt Lake City, Utah, reproduces his fine art prints.
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.