Thursday, July 5, 2018

Ken's Shere Khan

There are MANY posts on this blog regarding Shere Khan from The Jungle Book, and there is a reason for it. I believe that this character represents a late breakthrough in Disney character animation. Ken Anderson came up with an "above it all" villain, at a time when the rest of the animation crew was scrambling to develop a unique approach to this tiger. It could have gone in so many different directions.
A physically overbearing, threatening, vicious villain would be the most obvious way to go.
But once director Woolie Reitherman saw Anderson's sketches, the idea of hiring actor George Sanders for the voice came to mind. And the rest is history.
Milt Kahl was completely on board with the concept of a tiger, who is suave and acts in a restraint manner.
The final result is a villain for the ages. Designed with graphic sophistication and animated with just the right amount of realism.

Images courtesy of the Reitherman family, with many thanks.


  1. It's truly inspiring that Ken Anderson did this wonderful art I never noticed that but it's truly one of the most powerful Disney villain in history after The Queen in Snow White, Lady Traimaine in Cinderella and Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty right before you do Scar in the Lion King.

  2. Hello Andreas, How are you ??

    Don't know if you'll remember me but i was in L.A for a French Tv (Canal +) back in March 2012 and you gave us a great interview in your beautiful office with my anchorman Ramzy Malouki.

    i recently saw the footages (and The Lion King with my 2 years old son two days ago) and remembered your kindness. So i just wanted to say Hi, take some news from you and tell you how it was an great Honor to meet you.

    I tried to mail you but the adress you gave seems no longer valid...

    Hope to discuss with you in private if it's possible

    With all my Best

    Thomas Camacho

    1. Hey Thomas, can you leave your email here, so we can catch up?

    2. Hello Andreas !! I was just thinking about you (saw Hercules's making of with my son two days ago) !

      Sorry i didn't reply before... Maybe i thought my previous message will go unanswered... Anyway, 1 year later, i'm so happy to see your message ^^ my mail is



    3. Hello Andreas, How are you despite Covid-19..? Everything good ? Did you see my last message (january 30th) ? Sincerely

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