This is not my artwork, but it’s a very important piece of artwork if you love Disney and especially Disney Afternoon.
This is the original pitch painting created by my good friend Tad Stones for ‘Kit Colby and the Rescue Rangers’, a new concept he took to Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg in the early development days of what became Disney Afternoon.
According to Tad, within 2 minutes Eisner said ‘take out that Kit guy, put the two chipmunks in instead’ and the rest is history.
As with any new show, it developed and evolved. Gadget got a little prettier, Monterey Jack got Kit’s dress sense and the Chinese cricket Chirp Sing thankfully didn’t survive long enough to age awkwardly into the PC era ;)
Camille the Chameleon was the idea of fellow Ducktales writer Jymn Magon.
This is an awesome painting and part of Disney television history and I thank Tad for his permission to upload it and share its story with y’all :)