Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Two villains, one from the film Cinderella, the other one from Robin Hood. These two scenes have something in common, both characters are eavesdropping. Lucifer -animated by Ward Kimball- is pressing his ear against the Stepmother's bedroom door in hopes of hearing more orders for Cinderella, something he obviously enjoys.
The Sheriff of Nottingham's pose -by John Lounsbery (with a little help from Milt Kahl) - is almost identical, as he tries to listen in on a conversation between Friar Tuck and Otto. It is highly likely that they are talking about Prince John's taxes.
Both animators chose to flatten one side of their character's head, the one which is pressing against the hard surface of the door. To show soft material like fur reacting to a hard surface like this is very convincing and satisfying to see.
The pupils are looking upwards in anticipation of any revealing news.


  1. Are there are the same scene from other films, it looks the same sketch like the dancing on Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast and another dance sketch Snow White to Robin Hood Marianne Dancing like Snow White to the Aristocats how thay use the movement for other Disney films like 1937 to 1991.

  2. Actually, this animation art of Lucifer tells me that he is listening against Anastasia's bedroom door in hopes of catching Gus.

  3. I like the contrast between the few straight lines in Lucifer's face (his whiskers and the cleft in his face between his nose and mouth) and the rest of his rhythmically flowing anatomy. He has rather disturbing heft and vindictiveness, and I think this was best exemplified in that scene where he gets wrapped up in the rug and pushes himself after the fleeing mice. That's pure Lucifer right there.

    I was wondering what the red marks signify, other than further delineation of his fur? Do you happen to know if someone other than Ward drew those, as a suggestion for the design? Or was that done in clean-up?

    1. I thought it was like a definition ..... Maybe

    2. Or like what you asked Heidi Andersen. If the lines were a suggestion for the design ?? Or maybe even for color and texture.

    3. Ok everybody:
      The red outlined front paw is a traceback from drawing nr. 20. Partial tracebacks are not too unusual, but they need to be done carefully.
      The red lines on the cat's body and tail mean that the inking needs to be a "self color". Probably a light gray, so that the two painted areas (Belly & back) will meet without a visible dark line.

  4. Great post. I often wonder if I should be looking for two scene within my film with the "same set up" so I can reuse mouths.

  5. Great post. I often wonder if I should be looking for two scenes within my film with the "same set up" so I can reuse mouths.