Monday, March 31, 2014

Marc Davis 101 Years Old


…as of yesterday. 101, how about that?
What better occasion than to post a few expressive animation drawings of his farewell character Cruella De Vil from the groundbreaking film 101 Dalmatians. Whenever there is a Top Ten of Disney’s best villains, Cruella is often Nr. One.
These drawings remind us why. Marc went far out on this character, no holding back. She is grotesque and beautiful to watch at the same time. Cruella arguably represents the most successful use of live action reference for any animated character. Marc said that the live action was helpful, but often he had a different take on the acting and told himself, now its time for YOU to create a performance.

Cruella De Vil is a very bold modern statement in her graphic presentation as well as character acting. 















16 comments:

  1. Beautiful! 101 Dalmatians definitely changed the way human characters are animated and designed. I will definitely get that Marc Davis book. Cruella must have been such a great work to go out on

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  2. Wow love it thank you for this!

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  3. What a great tribute to one of my favorites. What is he working on in the photograph?

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    1. It looks like Marc is still in his office at the animation building, But he is already working on ideas for Imagineering.

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  4. Thank you for sharing Mr. Deja!
    Marc Davis= genius!

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    1. And happy birthday to you!
      Wish you sincerely all the best and happiness!

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  5. Happy Birthday Andreas !!! I've been a fan since I was 17.... Thank you so much for your amazing blog and all the inspiration ! You are really amazing . Hope to meet you one day :)

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  6. Happy Birthday Andreas!! Wish you all the best and waiting for you animation film =D Kisses

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  7. Happy Birthday Mr. Deja!!!! :D greetings from Venezuela!

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  8. Thanks, everybody from this April Fool....I know, that explains everything.

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  9. Happy Birthday Andreas, you're the most awesome animator ever! Thank you so much for sharing your amazing talents and giving back to the animation community. You are so well loved by all! I am so grateful for the opportunity to have worked with you, I'm your biggest fan always, Cyndy =0)

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  10. When I was a child, Mary Wickes would come to San Diego and visit a lady at our church. She would tell us kids about how she helped on 101 Dalmations as a live action model, as well as other Hollywood tales.. Very sweet and generous Lady.

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  11. Happy Birthday Marc Davis and Happy Birthday Mr. Deja. You're a inspiration to many young animator.

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  12. Happy Birthday, Andreas! Your work is amazing, and my wife and I both appreciated how gracious you were to us at the Disney conventions way back when.

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