Sunday, February 10, 2008

In Memorium: John Alvin...



Those of you that have read many of my post will remember me discussing movie Posters as art. Well, one of the great movie poster artist passed on this week...

John Alvin.

He has done many famous posters for Disney films and even more famous posters for films that have nothing to do with the Mouse(like one of my all time favorites: Blade Runner). He leaves behind him a large body of work any artist would be proud to have...

My condolences go out to his family and friends...

Hat Tip to Ain't It Cool News.

5 comments:

beejers said...

Hey Honor-
Thanks for posting this item. I, much like the reader who alerted AintItCool, also knew John by way of his daughter(us high school drama geeks are a tight bunch). When I got the email from a friend last week about John's passing i was so saddened. His work was so prolific, but it was his Disney posters that fascinated me the most. Walking into the Alvin household, one was greeted with the poster for Beauty and the Beast hanging in the entryway. My personal favorite was the poster for Aladdin, though,(those are his hands holding the lamp by the way). What I shall remember him the most for is not the artwork but the way he opened his heart and his home to all us kids time and time again. The world has lost a different kind of Disney Legend, one whose name isn't as well known as others, but a Legend none the less. Godspeed, John Alvin...

Brian said...

I remember seeing the Beauty and the Beast poster and feeling a sense of excitement. Its a poster that sums up the romantic aspect of the film while making it look exciting. That is was something that would be new and different.

The Little Mermaid poster is one I have never scene, was it from the original release?

Brian
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Spokker said...

If only they would use movie posters like this for DVD release covers. They always seem to choose the ugliest version of the film's poster.

Anonymous said...

Those posters are amazing. He will be missed.

Rogério said...

Until now I didn't know who is the author of this wonderful posters. They are the only that really translate this fantastic movies. He and his beautiful work really will be missed.

Rogério,
São Paulo, Brazil