Sunday, April 8, 2012

Skippy & Co.

A little late as an "Easter Post",  but I hope you will enjoy these drawings of Skippy, his sisters and friend Toby Turtle from "Robin Hood".
Milt Kahl drew these development sketches based on character concepts by Ken Anderson. At first glance they look like typical Disney formula designs from the 1960ies and 70ies.
But the magic is in the subtle proportions, especially in the faces. The older bunny sister is particularly appealing with her slightly elongated upper muzzle. Without Milt's touch these characters might have looked overly cute and generic.
Actually a lot of scenes in the film, animated by a variety of animators, don't look this good. The acting is ok, but they lack the charm and appeal you see here. 
Then again, everybody knows that Milt's designs were often tough to follow.

The sequencial drawings are from a Kahl scene, they show how he brakes down a fun bunny hop.


  1. Wow, amazing variety in the subtle proportion shifts. This refines my definition of successful draftsmanship. Thank you for sharing these great drawings!

  2. Another great post... My favourite character from Robin Hood from an animation point of view has to be Lady Cluck, though: she is so well realised. Matronly, plump and yet well suited to badminton and rugby - she moves and behaves in a way that is both maternal and fiercely protective. A wonderful character!

    Plus, I can often to be heard shouting "SEIZE THE FAT ONE!!!" down the corridors at work. It has occasionally raised eyebrows.

    Thanks, Andreas.


  3. That's what I love about the disney animals.
    Every animal has a Disney style, but every character has its own little things that makes the difference, and as you said, you can really see it in Robin Hood.
    thank you, Andreas.

  4. Milt Kahl's "subtle proportions"!!! …an eagle eye.
    Btw, "Dennis the Menace-Margaret?"…….(??)
    Thanks Andreas and we'll stay tuned for Lady Clock!

  5. I totally agree about the squash and stretch! Fantastic draftsmanship as usual by Mr. Kahl!
    Thanks for posting this Andreas:)

  6. I haven't even read this post yet but thanks so much Andreas for this post. I love the Robin Hood characters and styles. Can't wait to pour over this! Woop!

  7. So awesome! Mr. Deja, which poses in this jump would be considered story poses? I'm going through Animation Mentor. I'm in class two and we're being taught story poses, but this is a brand new concept for me. I've been in 3D for a while, but 2D is just blowing my mind. I feel like I've hard been in the business at all. HA.

    My guess would be F8, F33, and F41. Am I right? I would love, love, love more 2D samples of key posing. I can't even explain how much I learned seeing these next to each other. Simply AWESOME!!!!


  8. You are a saint for sharing these priceless drawings. Thank you!

  9. These drawings are all phenomenal!

  10. Thanks for posting more sequential drawings to flip! The inbetween charts are great to study as well for that crisp timing.Even for an old fart like me.Keep em coming amigo!!

  11. I'm still in awe of Milt's work on Robin Hood.
    Superimposing the images posted here on top of each other (but spreading the images out a little) is helping me understand what is going on in his sequence's flow.

    Every time I look at the drawings again I find something new to explore.

  12. Milt used that hop a lot on his characters, the owl in Sword in the Stone when Wart is searching for Kay's sword at the end of the film to name one.