Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Milt Kahl Crowd Scenes

Hi everybody, I'm back in town.
I have one more short trip coming up next week, other than that new posts will appear regularly again.

In August I posted a few Milt Kahl key drawings from two scenes that were cut from "The Rescuers". They showed an audience watching the performance of a bear at a zoo. The whole sequence never made it into the film.
I do wonder why Milt ended up animating these scenes, which I would consider
of secondary importance as far as top character animation for the movie.
My guess is that Medusa wasn't ready yet for production.
And I remember Dave Michener, one of Milt's assistants, telling me that occasionally, when a film had to get finished toward the end of production Milt animated minor characters or crowd scenes, just to help out.
And he didn't mind at all.

What I love about these scenes is how clearly they are choreographed and synchronized. Milt sure knows when NOT to move a character, or parts of a character, because your eye will always go to whatever IS moving in the scene.
The path of the purchased soda bottle is easy to follow, and of course it ends unexpectedly.

I get a big kick out finding Kahl animation that you didn't know existed. It leaves you with a feeling that the old master is still around and just finished his latest animation.
A big thank you to David Kuhn who sent me the files of the scenes.

In case you are wondering if there will be any posts on Madame Medusa coming up, the answer is YES !!


  1. Welcome back, sir.
    These are glorious! Thanks alot for showing these scenes. The realism is really amazing.

  2. wow that was wonderful. That girl falling off the bench is awesome. very funny pieces of animation, thanks for posting!

  3. Welcome back Andreas! Thank you for this post and the entire blog - it is a treasure trove of excellent storytelling!

  4. Andreas! I'm so glad you're back. I practice more than ever right now because of this blog. Every post is more inspiring to me. I can't thank you enough for sharing these with us.

  5. welcome back Andreas! this is again very inspiring...thanks for all your generous posts...

  6. Glad to have you back Andreas!

    Wow. I need to study these scenes at length. The chain reaction/motivation of movement is amazing in these.

  7. Welcome back, Andreas! How was Pixel? I would have loved to have been there...!


  8. Those are wonderful! Thanks for sharing Andreas!

  9. Such great scenes. I love how the woman just reaches her hand out to grab the soda without taking her eyes off the show. Thanks for posting.

  10. ah man he makes even the mundane scene steal the show. everything just always works so well. LOVE IT :D

  11. I walk in Heaven! Milt is a GENIUS!! - Thanks!

  12. I wish I could draw and animate like that.

  13. If the first clip was longer it would've been tempting to have the characters seated, straining their heads to see around the fat guy as he passes each of them on the left. Then he settles down and pushes the girl off.
    The Soda pop seller has an Edger the butler about him. The way he moves.

  14. lol these are both great. Gorgeous animation and humorous. The big guy sitting down and everybody sliding is hilarious. Great sense of weight in the guy and the movements of the other characters once they beginning sliding is lovely.