Thursday, June 21, 2018

Kahl Witches

Heritage Auctions recently sold these design sketches by Milt Kahl from the movie The Black Cauldron. I believe that in the original books by Lloyd Alexander the three witches keep exchanging their outfits in order to confuse the group of lead characters.
This story concept isn't easy to get across in just a few drawings, but if anybody might have pulled it off in animation, it's Milt.
Great drawings, though in principle the characters borrow heavily from the designs of Madam Mim as well as Madame Medusa.

You can see a Tim Burton concept sketch of the three Witches here:


  1. The first witch reminded me of Nutsy the vulture from "Robin Hood". :-) Thank you once again for sharing these rare Milt Kahl gems.

  2. Na, wer diese wundervollen Zeichnungen wohl ersteigert hat ... ?

  3. Would be interesting if Disney gave the other books in the Prydain Chronicles a shot. Which, I guess, is as likely to happen as them doing it traditionally.

  4. Hey Andreas, I am quite baffled by the quality of Milt Kahl's animations, and how rich they are in their acting quality. I was wondering if you could tell us a bit about his process, maybe that would help us understand why he was able to control the scene so well! Did he stick to straight ahead, or was there more extensive planning involved? Thanks!