Friday, December 1, 2023
Sunday, November 26, 2023
This is Maid Marion's response to Robin Hood's marriage proposal.
"Marion. my love, will you marry me?", "Oh darling, I thought you'd never (ask me)." Milt Kahl animated this close up scene. As usual every drawing is gorgeous. Milt has such graphic control over the her head movements. There are some potentially tricky perspective changes, but Milt is right at home here. He always incorporated the most beautiful head angles for his dialogue scenes. This goes for all of the characters he ever animated.
Tuesday, November 21, 2023
Books on Disney animation are a real treasure. And Christopher Finch's 1973 edition of "The Art of Walt Disney" is no exception. This was the first Disney book I owned way back. I had to have the German bookstore order it from the US, it took forever to get there.
Heritage Auctions is currently offering a lovely edition full of signatures and drawings. The original owner was a Disney cameraman who had worked at the studio from Snow White on.
There is a Marc Davis Thumper, an Eric Larson Roquefort and a Milt Kahl Medusa.
Talking about Medusa, I am trying to locate a special Milt drawing of her, in which she puts on lipstick. Rendered in felt pen and grey markers I remember seeing it many years ago. It is one of those Kahl masterpieces in staging and draughtsmanship. As soon as I find it I will post it here.
Friday, November 17, 2023
Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Thursday, November 9, 2023
Despite being criticized for its story treatment and its re-use of animation, Robin Hood's popularity seems to have grown over the years. The film inspired projects like Zootopia, Sing and many other movies that feature anthropomorphic animals.
Milt Kahl's and Ollie Johnston's animation shine in this production. Well worth studying frame by frame. The overall animal universe was created by Ken Anderson.
I still find myself re-watching certain sequences and really enjoying them. Milt's scenes with Lady Kluck are on another level, and Prince John's opening sequence is excellent.