Tuesday, November 22, 2022


I remember drawing these character designs of Creeper from The Black Cauldron, gosh...so many years ago. We came up with a large variety of looks for this little devilish creature. Nothing got approved until one day I came up with this concept. 
Animator Phil Nibbelink drew most of his personality scenes. I didn't do any. Creeper's final color model  in the film is green... I still prefer the cold blue tones. There are very few animation highlights in the film, but Phil's Creeper scenes really stand out for complex and interesting motion and acting.

This over sized model sheet is currently offered by Heritage Auctions from the film's producer's archives.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Jungle Book Tribute

Daniel Ernesto created this beautiful tribute to The Jungle Book. Just when you think you are looking at a film still...things happen. 
Daniel is an effects animator, and he did a lot of stunning work on my film MUSHKA.

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Saturday, November 12, 2022

Jungle Book Production Photos

Musician and voice talent Luis Prima with his alter ego King Louie and Baloo, probably at the Jungle Book wrap party in 1967.

That's layout artist Sylvia Roemer and Ken Anderson in front of visual development art for the King Louie sequence.

Bill Layne paints backgrounds for the night sequence with Bagheera, Mowgli and Kaa.

This gorgeous Milt Kahl scene is very well worth freeze-framing to study Bagheera's movement as he backs away from Kaa. Evan a panther needs to stay clear of a python. At the end of the scene Bagheera looses a step and ends up in a sitting position, but his rear legs keep back peddling. It's a great touch and shows his nervousness.

A cel set up is being examined at the Disney Animation Research Library. All art is always handled with white gloves there, but this photo cracks me up. It sort of looks like Mickey Mouse himself is looking at the background set up.

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Pachyderm Interruption

"What beastly luck! Confound that ridiculous Colonel Hathi!" 
Those are Shere Khan's first words in The Jungle Book. He had been stalking a deer when suddenly Colonel Hathi with the Jungle Patrol comes marching by. 
Milt Kahl of course animated this scene, and these are copies of his rough animation drawings. Milt again applies his signature head shakes for the character, which works well here because of the disapproving statement in the dialogue. 
His rear body is on a single held cel. 

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Character Lineup


I gifted this drawing to Peter Schneider who was head of Walt Disney Animation from 1985-1999. Now being offered at Heritage Auctions.

Sunday, October 23, 2022