Wednesday, November 25, 2015

From the Desk of...

All supervising animators at Disney had personalized note pads, like this one by Milt Kahl.
The sheets were small size, just enough to put down a note, the animator might leave at someone's desk, or send through interoffice mail.
I was delighted when Milt's daughter Sybil recently sent me a note written on her dad's "Disney stationary".
Below is a key drawing from one of Milt's many extraordinary scenes for The Jungle Book.
I have spent a long time studying these vultures interacting in this shot. One of them, Ziggy, is determined to investigate the man cub Mowgli, who happenes to pass through their surroundings.
All four birds are lined up in a tree, when Ziggy starts pushing Dizzy, who then puts Buzzie out of balance and so on. In the end all four buzzards plunge down toward Mowgli.
The scene is on one's and incredibly involved as far as one character's actions affecting another, it is beautifully animated and proves that Milt Kahl is one of the hardest working animators of all time.

I will have more key drawings from this remarkable scene in the near future. It should have been featured in the Milt Kahl chapter of my book!


  1. Looking forward to see the other keys!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  3. I always though Eric Larson did the vultures...It has great weight to it...Thanks fer sharing, as early xmas here every time.

  4. I was wondering as well who did what, you can see the drafts on hans perks excellent page if you want to know more precisely who did what:
    Here's the great sequence in color lots of the vulture (almost all of it) by milt:
    I do wonder seeing that great drawing with the colored pencils how they'd xerox that? Are those colors non photocopy colors or would this still be touched up by an assistant?

    1. Here's why I thought Eric did those...see 6:40 in...cheers! Thanks for the heads up on the production sheets.

    2. 2dfrutti (great name), Blue did show up on a xeroxed cel. I believe the Red was added later as to indicate the "inside wing areas" for the cel painters.

  5. The vultures scene animation is fantastic ! Their movements, the chara-design, all this scene is a masterpiece.

    I am always impressed about Disney animations for their films, and Jungle Book is one of the most thorough and impressive.

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