Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Milt's Aristocats Drawings

Another post on Mit's work for The Aristocats.
I love the drawing above, which I believe was done for an Ollie Johnston scene during a time when O'Malley's fur was supposed to show a striped pattern. Beautiful feline pose, nice weight and contact of the cat's soft body against the hard ground surface.

Milt did the drawings below over keys from a Frank Thomas scene. As with Bagheera earlier, terrific economy of lines.

Milt didn't like the way the film's story turned out, but he mentioned repeatedly that he enjoyed animating Edgar, the butler as well as George Hautecourt, the lawyer. He found them to be characters "you can get your teeth into".

The horse Frou-Frou gave Milt problem's as far as character design. He said that he felt he had run out of ideas on how to design a horse in a new way.
I love the animation, particularly the dialogue scenes.

Milt claimed he didn't get his teeth into this character assignment. From the beginning Madame Bonfamille had been thought of as being a nice lady who was fond of her cats. "Then again" he said, "it doesn't hurt to do a straight job once in a while".

A couple of previous posts on Milt's Aristocats work:


  1. A feast for the eyes! Thanks for posting these magnificent drawings, Andreas. I can not stop looking at them. Milt was number 1 and I am so glad he existed.

  2. DROOL! ;p
    Agreed. The film was not the best, but the human designs and animation absolutely are right at the top of the list!! You can see influences of Ronald Searle in Edgar and George. Beautiful! Thank you Andreas :)(If you compiled your art from just Milt, how many stories high would THAT book be?? I will buy it! lol!)

  3. I personally rather like the drawings of Georges Hautecourt the best; the way he was treated allows for a lot of comedic action.

  4. I learned straight ahead way with George Hautecourt and Madame Medusa

  5. Thanks for sharing ! These are amazing

  6. Thank you very much for sharing this. 'The Aristocats' is one of my favorites, and seems somewhat overlooked. I can't imagine how difficult a cat must be to animate!