Monday, November 24, 2014

"Madame Medusa's Pawn Shop Boutique!"


Milt Kahl animated this line of dialogue, as Medusa is sitting down on her desk while she answers the phone. Initially upset at this late phone call, she then fakes a friendly attitude toward the caller.
The rough drawing above is unfinished and was retrieved from Milt's trash bin (Crazy...I know).
I LOVE the composition of this this pose! Just-look-at-this-drawing!
It is a graphic masterpiece, full of personality. Her right hand is still leaning on the chair's back, before settling on her hip. As I said before, Medusa's body type is utterly unconventional in Disney Animation and it shows how Milt Kahl constantly challenged himself by inventing new, sophisticated designs.
Here are copies of a few key drawings from the final scene. Stunning crisp facial expressions!









I had a wonderful time at CTN. Met so many great, enthusiastic people.
It was a special pleasure to talk to several young folks from Russia about my film. I will be in touch with you guys.
New York was a lot of fun, too. Aladdin on Broadway is spectacular, I highly recommend the show.
Another great musical was Kinky Boots. Go see it!!

7 comments:

  1. I was just watching The Rescuers the other day, such a beautiful film.

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  2. I have to ask about Jonathan Freeman's performance on Jafar. Did he live up to the animated version of that character you animated? I noticed Freeman also played Grimsby in the Broadway version of Little Mermaid, did you see that preformed in New York a few years ago?

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    1. No, I didn't. But Jonathan was a great inspiration for the character of Jafar in the film, ad he is terrific on stage as well.

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  4. http://greganimationart.blogspot.com/2014/11/madam-medusas-pawn-shop-bou-tique.html

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  5. It was such honor and pleasure to met you in person Andreas! Signed "Мушка" poster is already on my wall in Saint Petersburg)) Thank you again and good luck with film !

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    1. The honor and pleasure was all mine! I will try to make you guys proud with my film.

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