Friday, March 21, 2014


Most of the personality scenes with the albatross Orville from the film The Rescuers were animated by Ollie Johnston. This is an interesting character, he is pilot and airplane all in one. Jim Jordan’s voice brought a confidence to the character despite his questionable flying maneuvers. 
For Orville’s take offs and landings Ollie used some live action footage as reference for his animation.
The Disney 1952 documentary Water Birds included scenes of an albatross’s awkward attempts to get airborne as well as his crash landings.
These design sketches are full of personality, and they show the character’s comical potential.

Milt Kahl took a shot at Orville’s design as well. His albatross is a little shorter in length. Milt was somehow able to add a funny baggy pants appearance, which is reminiscent of a vintage  aviator’s outfit. I wished that part would have been kept in the final design.

Never before published designs by Ollie and Milt. I hope you enjoy them.


  1. Thank, yes, i enjoy. Loved little detail on sixth picture. Goggles drawn little bit tilted and little bit upper :D, That makes so much funnier than if they just rounded.

  2. Hello Mr Deja,

    I really appreciate Your effort to scan all the images You did collect from Disney. They are wonderful, I especially love the way Marc Davis and Milt Kahl drew. It's a pure magic!

    I thought that if You might not know the site I would like to show You, I could paste it here:

    I think You may like it. I remember Your post with Paul Jouve Illustrations for Jungle Book witch was GREAT! Here, on the site I linked there are more of talented illustrators of Jungle Book. BTW whole site is great resource!

    I like the post about Shere Kahn [it's my favourite character since I watched Jungle Book as small kid; well I had this feeling about bad guys, I was small around 4 or something and I was a big fan of Shere Kahn and Scar, dunno why : )].

    Well, if You have more of a drawings by Marc Davis and his animal studies it would be great! Or, You mentioned Milt Kahl's studies of George Sanders, do You have any of that kind of drawings, the 'sketchbook' drawings of Kahl's or Davis? It would be great to watch!

    Thank You again and have a nice day!


  3. Awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing your vast collection of treasure!! :) Love it!

  4. Thank you so much for your dedication! I love the Rescuers! Although the old masters were towards their sixties, still delivered exceptional animation!

    Do you know who were the lead animators (and the supervisor) for Miss Bianca? I remember Frank Thomas did Bernard.

  5. It's like Christmas every day here! Thanks for sharing these...

  6. Awesome post as always Andreas ! It's Milt Kahl's Birthday today ! Can you please share something about him ? :)