Friday, December 8, 2017

I Live for Furs!

A fantastic scene by Marc Davis, who ended up animating all of Cruella's footage in 101 Dalmatians.
Leading up to this moment, Cruella tried to interact with Pongo, who fiercely growls at her. 
Anita, in an attempt to avoid a dangerous situation, tries to get Cruella's attention away from Pongo.
"Cruella, isn't that a new fur coat?"
"My only true love, darling." (The following scene: "I live for furs, I worship furs!")

I love the way Cruella lifts up the heavy coat and buries her face in it, # 25. This is a great example of referencing some live action footage and then going to town with it by greatly exaggerating the idea that this crazy woman is truly nuts about fur coats.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Lounsbery Goon Roughs

John Lounsbery animated quite a few scenes featuring Maleficent's Goons. (Milt Kahl did one scene, and he came up with the final animation design.)
The following Lounsbery drawings are currently being offered on Ebay:

I believe the first three drawings were not used in the film, the last one is from the scene in which the Pig Goon proudly proclaims that they have been looking for a baby.
Frank and Ollie once said that John Lounsbery was the one animator who was able to adapt to Milt's drawing style better than anyone else at the studio. I thing these animation drawings prove their point.

Here is the link to a previous post on the Goons from Sleeping Beauty:

Friday, December 1, 2017

More Early Black Cauldron

These design sketches of mine of The Horned King for The Black Cauldron are currently being offered at Heritage Auctions. They come from the collection of producer Joe Hale.
Black felt pen and Magic Markers, early 1980s.
I have always enjoyed working at this stage in production. Just imagining character concepts inspired by the story material. The movie was based on The Chronicles of Prydain books by Lloyd Alexander, and they are wonderful. With today's technology The Black Cauldron would make heck of a live action film.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Melody Time

I remember Ward Kimball stating in an interview how ridiculous he thought some the Disney film titles of the 1940s sounded to him. "Fun and Fancy Free, Make Mine Music, Melody Time...what kind of titles are those?"
Be that as it may, the short films within these features contain some beautiful character as well as effects animation. And there is also a sense of experimenting with a variety of unique styles.
It ain't Pinocchio, but these movies are still very enjoyable to watch and to study.
Above a 1948 magazine article, followed by artwork from each of the film's segments.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Another Frame from MUSHKA

©Andreas Deja        

We are in the process of colorizing this scene, early on in the film. Sarah just received a gift from her Grandma, a Russian folklore doll. This all takes place in Kiev in 1975. 
The feedback from screening the film to select audiences in progress has been wonderful. 
Kathryn Beaumont told me how much she loves the film's story. Lisa Davis (Anita from 101 Dalmatians) voiced similar comments.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Director Woolie Reitherman on JUNGLE BOOK

Woolie talks about the animators' challenges when working on the characters for Disney's 1967 animated film The Jungle Book. (Walt's last animated project and my favorite Disney movie). 
This interview was filmed during the early 1980s at the LA Zoo. Woolie just gets one thing wrong about Mowgli trying to get back to the man village, which he really doesn't want to do.

Nevertheless, historical statements from an iconic master of Disney Animation.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Milt Kahl helps Cliff Nordberg

Cliff Nordberg animated this scene from The Sword in the Stone, in which Wart is adjusting a "Jousting Machine". Sir Kay is not very successful in practicing jousting on this contraption.
This is Scene 46 from Sequence 4. The draft says:

Jousting machine - Wart enters scene, runs up ladder, re-adjusts lance and helmet, again throwing himself heart and soul into his job.

The footage is based on live action, which was performed by one of director Woolie Reitheman's sons. Since Wart is the lead character, character designer and directing animator Milt Kahl kept a close eye on how other animators drew him. Here are numerous poses drawn by Milt over Nordberg's animation roughs.

There are drawings from another Nordberg scene included on this sheet.