Sunday, May 3, 2009

How about a Loch Ness Monster drawing contest?

Whose up for it? We already have some terrific entries from the kids of Scotland...

From the Disney short Man, Monsters and Mysteries (1973), a documentary that combines live and animated footage to tell the story of Nessie, the Loch Ness monster. After several talking-head interviews of eye-witnesses to the cryptozoological mystery, we see the inspirational power of the creature at work in these little artists' renderings.

Then the magic of Walt Disney animation brings Nessie to life for an on-camera interview.

The monster is voiced by Sterling Holloway (perhaps best known as the voice of Winnie the Pooh). If you think the idea of a prehistoric creature surviving into modern times is a little unbelievable, Nessie would like to remind you of another example of an animal that did just that... the coelacanth. He even keeps some visual aids at the ready to silence you doubters.

Nessie even keeps a scrapbook of his news clippings.

Several Nessie-hunters appear next, including this one that shows off his model of the monster, a composite of various descriptions from eye-witnesses, and from the photographic record.

One scientist even uses sonar to track the elusive beast (as playfully visualized here).

Man, Monsters and Mysteries can be found among the bonus material on the Pete's Dragon DVD.

1 comment:

J.M. said...

The loch ness monster has always been my favorite legend. I have a few favorite Nessie episodes and cartoon series that I liked. I also have my own version of what I think it looks like and got it copyrighted. I must also mention that the most adorable thing I've seen on he market was Patterson's Loch Ness monster short bread shape cookies. They were good, but short lived as the product didn't sell very well.

a good movie I once saw on tv was the legend of firefly marsh. In the end you will understand it.

I've also enjoyed watching

Happyness secret of the loch

Rupert and Nessie

Dennis the Menace cartoon- Loch Ness Mess