Tuesday, May 17, 2022

A Medusa Cel


What a great cel of Madame Medusa from The Rescuers. Milt Kahl was very concerned about how the final cels with his animation would turn out. In the end he was very happy with certain visuals that mattered to him. During a conversation with Penny Medusa has taken off all of her eyelashes. At this point Milt wanted to show no eyelashes at all, not even her natural ones. The xerox line defining the edges of her eyes was eliminated, and a flesh colored ink line was added. This is all about contrast. Big eyelashes at first, then none at all. That's a clear graphical statement. 

Earlier on Medusa removed half of her lipstick, and again, that side of her mouth doesn't show any lip definition at all! Contrast, contrast!

To some viewers this might be gross looking, and it is, but sooo in character. I just love this sequence.


  1. Thank you for this example! :)

    „...To some viewers this might be gross looking, and it is...“
    Yes, it is eerie to think abou it! :) ….

    What happens when I remove my sad face like make up and there is no face anymore?
    Would it be good to draw a loughing smiley on the place my face should be?
    Then I walk through the street with this false face. But the people who looking at me don't realize there's something wrong ...Yes, this is very scary and offtopic too. Sorry but I can't get this idea out of my mind...

  2. To make colour sep lines, would they xerox the drawing like normal, and just ink right over wherever they needed the Eyelid colour or Lipstick colour?
    Or was there a way to exclude certain parts of the drawing from the xerox process, to be inked later?

  3. This character animation is one of the most complexes. It's a Heavy.