Friday, June 16, 2017

Friar Tuck

I love publicity photos like this one, where you see the voice actor and the animated character in one picture.
Andy Devine voiced the character of Friar Tuck in Disney's Robin Hood, and you can see how Milt Kahl caricatured the actor for the final design. When drawing a portly character there often is a choice to be made as to where to draw the belt line. Below the belly or above. Of course Milt made the right choice to have the belt up high, unlike his early design doodles below. 
I mentioned before that even though Friar Tuck is supposed to be a badger, he doesn't come across as
one. But the overall design as well as the acting work very well for an animated character who happens to be a clergyman. 

Rough animation drawings from one of Milt's scenes of Friar Tuck. Here he is interacting with the church mice.


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  2. I wonder if they tried him out with Badger colours, and maybe took the stripes off in the end

  3. You could have a point, given Milt's knack for paring down the animatable shapes.

    Looking at the early design sketches (thanks Andreas!) I'd also guess the stripes might have jarred somehow with the tonsured hairstyle.

    1. (That was to Marc, BTW. Flippin' reply buttons...!)