Sunday, July 15, 2012

Girls Talk too Much

At least Peter Pan thinks so when he meets Wendy in the opening sequence of the movie. Wendy herself is pretty excited to see Peter Pan, and so she chatters away.
Milt Kahl was the supervising animator of the title character. I am pretty sure that this particular scene was done without any live action reference, it just looks like Milt pulled it out of his head.
There is a beautiful balance of realism and cartoony expressions, something not easy to do!
The clean up drawings were done over the original roughs on the same sheet of paper.  Since Milt was the authority on how to draw his characters, why change anything?

The following pencil sequence has animation from a variety of animators.
Peter: Kahl, Harvey Toombs, Eric Larson
Wendy: Hal Ambro, Ken O'Brian, Eric Larson, Harvey Toombs, Kahl
Tinker Bell: Marc Davis, Les Clark

Even though many animators worked on these few characters, there really aren't  any off model scenes. Kudos to the 1950ies Disney clean up crew.
Just pencil lines on paper, no color, creating the kind of magic that…..makes you feel happy!