Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Developing the Character of Penny

I believe this early sketch of Penny from The movie The Rescuers is by Ken Anderson.
When child actress Michelle Stacy was chosen to voice the character, animators Milt Kahl and Ollie Johnston based their drawings a little after her appearance.
Michelle also posed as Penny, but I do not know if she was filmed or just photographed.
Ollie Johnston sketched these poses from that reference. You can tell that Ollie was looking for a certain melancholy within the personality. One of his key sequences to animate was the sentimental moment where Rufus the cat tries to comfort Penny in the orphanage.

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  1. Andreas, in California is there is are Elks in Los Angeles in Golf, I saw it on BBC on TV after School oh my gosh it's really scary I don't know why thay chase Tourist, these Wild Animals are dangerous.

  2. Wonderful sketches these done by Ollie, so simple and charming that captures the essence of the girl's feelings.

  3. Yeah each other drawings of Ollie was so unique and inspiring how he can draw a little girl with a simple line of pencil, very emotional move this is wonderful Andreas, but all the drawings archive are in the book of The Nine Old Men ?.

    1. I like his drawings there are so beautiful.