|The Black Hole (1979) concept art by Robert T. McCall|
Every Friday I feature artwork from a classic of science fiction cinema. This week's "Flashback Friday" post is on The Black Hole (1979)
The movie The Black Hole (originally known as "Space Probe One") is a forgotten classic, but stands as a landmark film in science fiction cinema. Back in 1979, The Walt Disney Company was known for it's all-ages rated films, but this film was Disney's first PG-rated production, and Buena Vista Distribution's second release with that rating. It also marked the first time Disney had made a straight sci-fi film and was the most expensive picture Disney ever made because of it's ground-breaking effects. While the movie got mixed reviews because of it's metaphysical and quasi-religous themes it still inspires film-makers generations later. One of the artists that helped develop the unique look of the film, that predated the production of Star Wars by the way, was the late Robert T. McCall.
Robert T. McCall was a professional art director and conceptual artist who worked on Hollywood films like Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and Future Flight (1987).
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