Monday, March 7, 2016

King Triton Stuff

I found more King Triton rough drawings in the bowels of my archive. The sheet above, providing instructions for clean up, was produced by my then assistant Lou Dellarosa. 
Below you can see my first pass rough drawing from a scene in which Triton is confronting Ariel.
Lou did not work from that drawing though. I drew a tighter rough version of each key in graphite which served as the basis for clean up work. Those tighter rough drawings are housed at Disney.

Some of these paper sheets are starting to show their age.
I remember how much I enjoyed working with actor Ken Mars' voice, full of authority but also kindness. I had to shift gears though. Before animating King Triton I had finished work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

"Don't you take that tone of voice with me, young lady!"


  1. I can't think of any previous Disney animated men that had that kind of anatomy- muscles pulling and bones articulating. Great stuff. Later on, Tarzan maybe took it further (and of course had legs), but I think you were kind of pioneering in that regard.
    I'm wondering why you drew your tighter keys on separate sheets, though, rather than directly over the blue rough. Also I'm assuming your breakdowns would be fairly rough, as there'd be enough information in your tight keys to pass on

  2. Thank you so much for sharing!
    I agree with Mr. Hendry, the anatomy of Triton was perfect, realistic. Conservative, yet energetic lines, just as the grand Disney tradition of the past. But Triton was also a very interesting character, always reminded me of the very energetic Michelangelo statues. Only during Tarzan the artists drew anatomy so deeply, but there certain physical feature were exaggerated, because of the style of the that film. Triton will always be great.

  3. Andreas, I am making some major revision to Would like to get your opinion on some ideas.

  4. Andreas, I am making some major revision to Would like to get your opinion on some ideas.

  5. My goodness!
    One of the things I love about your drawings Andreas, is that you don't need to draw extreme poses to make them look fluid and dynamic.

  6. Interesting look at the animation behind "The Little Mermaid".