Thursday, May 15, 2014

Scar in Entertainment Weekly


What a pleasant surprise! I was recently going through the pages of the magazine Entertainment Weekly when I came across this article on animated villains. The write up referres to the upcoming release of Disney’s live action film “Maleficent”. Cruella takes center stage, as she should.
I have to tell you, it feels mighty good that a character I animated years ago still seems relevant to audiences and critics. And he is written about among such distinguished company!
Made my “entertainment” week.

I found these throw-away ruffs in my inventory, most of them from the sequence when Scar sets up young Simba before the wildebeast stampede.

I still remember listening to Jeremy Iron’s voice recordings, thinking: Wow…this is gold! I better not screw this up.





19 comments:

  1. And you didn´t screw it up :) Beautiful drawings. Wodered sometimes also, is those arcs on framenumbers, that what have done and/or you see quick timing?

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  2. I love these drawings of Scar, I'm glad they didn't put in any coffee stains or dirt. Those are your rarities and it cannot be replaced!

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  3. Scar is why Lion king worked so well.

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  4. Oh you should definitely be proud of Scar. The character is the perfect marriage of Jeremy Irons' delicious performance and the design work and animation produced by you and the other artists. He is one of the strongest highlights of the film and one that is not easy to forget (and why would anyone want to?).

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  5. Top 10 Animated Disney Villains ;)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTR-lePo9PA

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  6. I always felt that the villains were the most charismatic characters in the films. And as much as I love the old classic villains, my favorite all-time villain has been scarred for many years. His acting, his mannerisms and movements, how can you not just love that character? Great job on everything you have animated, but sky is by far my favorite!

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  7. Scar is the reason I set such high standards for the villains I love at such a young age – voice, charisma, and your wonderful drawings. :D
    Have you done a wire sculpture of him?

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    1. I've done Jafar and Captain Hook. Time to do Scar.

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  8. I love Scar! The first time I saw Lion King I thought he looks like Jafar. Amazing to know that you designed Scar

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  9. Scar is my most favourite Disney villain...i had liked him when i first saw Lion King....After studying Animation, I am looking at him at a whole new point of view....Scar has been done amazingly...Truly, Mr. Deja, Scar is among your best works....

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  10. Congratulations, Andreas! One of my favorite books growing up was Frank and Ollie's opus 'The Disney Villain,' but its chronology stopped short of The Lion King and ended with Aladdin (with emphasis on Jafar). I'm sure they would have had only good things to say about The Lion King and the villain that made it work so well.

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  11. Andreas, may I ask which lines did you do first here? As I'm seeing lots of different lines in different colours I wonder which are which, meaning if the ones in colour are the ones you do first and then you adjust the model with the black lines? Or the other way around? Either way it's extremly interesting to learn about the process and your drawings are flawless! Your entire work and blog are an inspiration.

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    1. I usually do my first rough pass with a light blue pencil, then I refine those drawings using a regular soft black pencil. The red just indicates the exact placement of the scar.

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    2. Fantastic, thank you so much!

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  12. Your work on Scar is inspiring! You have rightfully earned your place in the annals of great Disney villains alongside Marc Davis! And Scar in particular is a performance that I'm sure would make Milt Kahl proud.

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  13. The 1st one looks like the Female Villain's Eyes from "The Rescuers?"

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  14. Hi Andreas, your regular and diverse posts are inspiring and nostalgic. It's comforting you do this; it keeps 2D alive and relevant as there's a constant reflection for all the significant people and events that paved the way for this medium to become what it is today.
    On the subject of TLK, did you animate the final battle sequence between Scar and Simba? It was a powerful scene, I thought it would of paid off being longer and more aggressive - definitely saw a prime opportunity there to use the actual animation drawings on screen like in 101 dalmatians and Pocahontas 'colours of the wind' scene.

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