Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Roger Does Chaplin

At least that's what it looks like to me, as Roger Radcliff hops toward Anita while finishing a verse which denounces Cruella De Vil. "This vampire bat, this inhuman beast. She ought to be locked up and never released!"
That last part is sung during this scene. Milt Kahl animated most of the footage involving Anita and Roger Radcliff, quite a few of them based on live action reference. But not here.
The leg motion follows the beat of the song and has a loose, freewheeling feel to it. This tells me that it came directly from Milt's brain on to paper.
The heels are always leading while the shoe front follows in circular motion. There is a goofy cartoony quality which you don't find in Roger's scenes that were live action based.
That's why I was thinking of Chaplin, who had applied similar type of leg motion to some of his walks.
The scene is on ones except for a few twos at the end. Here are the main key drawings.

Hands and feet are notoriously difficult to draw and animate. The fact that Milt makes it look so effortless should come to no one's surprise.


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  2. I also feel like the humans' movement in 101 is Milt's interpretation of a dog's perspective on the clumsiness of a two legged creature.

  3. This was one of my favorite sequences as a kid! I nearly broke my ankles trying to mimic it, so yea, Milt Kahl must've animated this straight from his brain haha. Each frame is lively and beautiful.

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  5. I love seeing his spacing in these as well as the arcs you pointed out in the toes. As usual, the frustrating thing is seeing how clean his lines are in which was probably his 1st attempt at this:D Great stuff thank you for sharing!