Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Prince Outtake

There is delicate perfection in this Milt Kahl key drawing from a scene that was cut from Sleeping Beauty. Prince Phillip is leaning against a tree in the forest, probably talking to his horse Samson about that beautiful voice he just heard. 
That scene was eventually re-staged with Phillip sitting down as he takes off his boots.

What is also interesting to note is that the drawing represents Milt's earlier design of the character.
The tip of the nose comes to a point, which was a design feature Walt Disney disliked. Milt altered the nose slightly for the final version.

This is actually a small drawing, the guy is about 5 inches tall on paper.

More on Prince Phillip's design development here:


  1. Woah... see? This is just incredible. The drawing is great (as expected from Milt).... but LOOK AT THAT RIGHT HAND!!!! That foreshortened thumb... Just amazing.

    1. The other hand isn't so bad either!

    2. Hahaha... it isn't. The entire drawing is great... but that right hand REALLY impressed me. Drawing any sort of foreshortening is hard... (for me, and I suspect, for everyone). By the way, Mr.Deja... I don't know if you take requests, but I would love to see posts on here about your approach to using live-action reference for the human characters you've animated in the past...

  2. To quote Mat Brunet (a.k.a. AniMat): Walt himself was the biggest obstacle during the making of "Sleeping Beauty".

  3. Dear Andreas,
    As a student in ecole des beaux-arts, i always ask myself what is that strange difference between the drawings of animators and the drawings of artists like Degas or watteau. Even the imagination drawings of leonardo da vinci or many other artists are different. When animators draw a nude model, the shapes are quite different. Can you explain that fact ? Is it something about the way you animators see the white paper arround and inside the shapes ? Thanks in advance and sorry for my poor english.