Saturday, March 21, 2020


This is a scene by Milt Kahl with Prince Phillip's horse Samson. At first I thought the drawings correspond with the film frame above, but they don't. In the color image Samson reacts to the forest animals stealing the prince's cape, hat and boots. 
It turns out that the actual scene in the film shows broader animation than what you see below. 
I believe this scene was cut from the movie. It might have been Mitl's original version, before being asked to re-animate it with a much stronger reaction.
It is interesting to see Milt applying multiple images to the horse's muzzle when he shakes his head. He did this off and on when his characters moved very fast. (Pongo jumping on Roger's lap, Kaa uncoiling before falling down a tree).
Occasionally these motion blur type lines were ignored by the inkers and painters and eliminated, other times they made it on to the final cels.
You can imagine Milt finding out that his animation was altered....lots of colorful language.


  1. Actually they do. If you look the footage carefully, the drawings correspond exactly with the anticipation of the take in the frame above.

  2. Hello Andreas.
    I'm an art student living in France. I would like to ask you how do you animators work with the white page while drawing. Is it important to work with the white space or everything is moree based on the dark line ? Effectively the nude drawings of animators seems king of different from the drawings of "artists" like Watteau or Degas. How to understand that.

    Thanks in advance.

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  4. Hi Andreas,
    I love the design of Samson in this film. It's so elegant and it fits perfectly with the prince.
    I have drawing 121. I'm pretty sure it's from this scene.
    In case you're interested, since I can't upload the drawing, I'm attaching a link to the drawing in CAF:

  5. Dear Mr. Deja,

    Could you throw some light onto how Mr. Kahl developed his skills at a very younger age?
    About how he could anticipate, visualize and pen down almost truer than reality anatomy with ease.
    Did he during his childhood sketch or study anatomy in order to sharpen his imagination?
    It would be my pleasure if you could share with us the same.
    Rajiv Palshikar(India)