Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Queen of Hearts

A great back view of this hearty Queen drawn by Frank Thomas. Wonderful pose, as she anticipates a croquet kick with a flamingo. Look at the dimensional quality in the drawing.
Frank handled most of her footage in the film Alice in Wonderland, Eric Larson also drew a few scenes. She is brilliantly voiced by Verna Felton, and as a comic villain, who is bad tempered and abrasive she is a pure delight to watch. The way Frank animated her constant mood swings is just sensational.

I don't know who portrayed the Queen for live action reference, but these photo stats just crack me up. 

A concept sketch by David Hall.

Mary Blair's ideas for color and staging of the Trial Sequence.

An Eric Larson animation rough.

The final clean up model sheet shows moments from Frank's rich personality animation. The heart theme sure is dominant in her design, pretty darn clever!