Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Just a Great Drawing

Ever since I saw a publicity photo of a young Milt Kahl holding a drawing of Brer Rabbit, I realized that this man is an extraordinary artist.
There was nobody, at Disney or anywhere else, who drew like this. The mix of appeal, anatomical "cartoony" accuracy and overall insight into the character is breathtaking. And Milt maintained this level of excellence for twenty-four frames per second. It is a shame that drawings like this one had to be cleaned up by an assistant. How wonderful it would be to see pencil tests of Milt's rough animation for Song of the South.
As Milt himself put it :"That picture was a high for personality animation."