Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Aristocats Stuff

I really like Ken Anderson's Vis Dev work for The Aristocats. Frank Thomas felt that Ken's work lost strength after his stroke in the early 1960s, but to me his art certainly never lost any charm. Just look at this sweat color gag sketch featuring Marie.

I don't know who the artist is behind this sketch, but I do love the atmosphere and staging.

 A couple of Anderson gag drawings showing that the kittens are spoiled and have the run of the house.

Development art by various artists for Duchesse, who was voiced by Eva Gabor.

Madame Bonfamille, animated by Milt Kahl, is a favorite of mine. She is a realistic, straight character,  brought to life by Milt Kahl with extraordinary nuanced performances and drawn absolutely beautifully. The character was voiced by British actress Hermione Baddeley, who had played a maid in Mary Poppins.


  1. Thank you for artwork from The Aristocats. The gag drawings are great. Hermione Baddeley had a wonderful voice for animation. Her work as Auntie Shrew in "The Secret Of Nimh" is priceless.

  2. Thank you for another great post. I have been reading your blog for a long time and I appreciate it more than I can say. I have admired you since I was a very young girl and your contribution to the Disney Renaissance films is something that other artists will write books about years and years from now. I can't imagine my childhood without your influence. Scar is hands down the best Disney villain and would be impossible if you were not you. Thanks.