Friday, February 21, 2020

Milt Kahl Outtakes

These are a couple of rough animation drawings by Milt Kahl from a scene featuring the character of Frou Frou  from The Aristocats. This scene was not included in the final film, perhaps the action was re-staged. There is a similar shot in the film depicting the mare as she reacts strongly to Edgar slapping a newspaper on her rear.
I am not entirely sure if the two are connected.
In any case, any rough animation drawing by Milt Kahl is a revelation, as it shows the master's mind at work. I remember him talking about this character and that he had a hard time with the design and her personality.
Nevertheless the work he did on Frou Frou is just beautiful!

A little more about this character here:

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Cinderella in Pencil

You've got to see this...several times! At Disney Animation Twitter.
Animation by Marc Davis, effects by George Rowley. Sure, it is based on life action, but man....

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Lounsbery Outtakes

These are Aristocats animation drawings by John Lounsbery showing the Italian cat Peppo, as he is preparing a Roquefort omelet or something of that sort.
The scene (perhaps two scenes) was cut from the film, and it is a shame that a pencil test of the animation doesn't exist, at least to my knowledge. But who knows, the remaining drawings might surface sometime in the future. In the meantime enjoy these two Lounsbery beauties.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Mowgli Design Sketches

These are obviously by Milt Kahl and predate animation on Jungle Book. It is pretty much the character you see in the film, but this early on Milt is still messing with Mowgli's overall proportions.
The size of the head to the body, the size of his hands etc. Details of his anatomy are already figured out. Legs, arms and the ever complicated way to draw accurate knees in any position.
Another feast for the eyes.

More on Mowgli here:

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Preston Blair's Mickey


I love the scenes in the Sorcerer's Apprentice where Mickey Mouse wakes up from his dream, deep in water. He panics and tries to make it over to the fountain where he earlier had instructed a broom to do his chores.
Preston Blair uses a lot of fun distortions here, particularly on Mickey's hands in order to support fast gesturing. It was surprising to find out that a lot of the animation is on twos. This is unusual since this is normally done on ones, so the distortions don't really register to the viewer.
But then again...Bill Tytla did the same thing when animating broad scenes with Stromboli.

I remember distorting King Triton's hand by elongating his fingers as he lifts a hand to his forehead.
Clean up was later instructed to draw a normal looking hand instead of what I had in mind. A fellow animator even quipped: "This is not Roger Rabbit!"

It makes me laugh thinking about this decades later.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Sir Giles

Reluctant dragon slayer Sir Giles from the 1941 short film The Reluctant Dragon.
Beautifully voiced by Claud Allister, his personality reminds me of Merlin from Disney's The Sword in the Stone. Both characters are befuddled seniors who come to life through beautiful character animation.
I don't know who drew these lovely studies, but I like them a lot.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Phillip and Samson

Another example of Milt Kahl's powers as a draughtsman, designer and animator.
Prince Phillip is taking off on his horse Samson after telling his frustrated father King Hubert that he is going to marry the girl he met earlier in the forest.
I love the under drawing in red which always conveys Milt's thinking process. Here he changed the position of Phillip's head a little. 
Flat graphic designs that nevertheless move dimensionally. Astonishing!

This earlier post includes a few more rough drawings as well as clean ups from this scene:

Sunday, January 12, 2020

More John Lounsbery Animation

The PETER PAN draft says:
Sequence 1.0, Scene 44.1
Father searching for cufflinks -- turning back covers on John's bed. 
Michael (o.s.) : "It got lost."
Father : "Good Heavens! My shirt front!"

This is a remarkable scene by John Lounsbery. Mr Darling is looking for his cufflinks, but instead finds his shirt front. 
I am sure there was life action reference footage available to Lounsbery, featuring Hans Conried, who voiced the father as well as Captain Hook.
But this goes way beyond live action. The broad motion reflects the father's frustrating emotional state. He can't believe he is finding something he wasn't even looking for.
John Lounsbery was a quiet, soft spoken man. Yet he was able to act out intense, volatile emotions as evident in this scene. 
Gorgeous staging and silhouette.