Disney just announced a Disney+ exclusive feature and I know exactly what I would like it to look like! ;-)
Wouldn’t you want to see Zootopia’s Nick Wilde taking on the lead of the 1973’s “Robin Hood” remake? I do!
March 1909 came to life my favorite Disney animator. It has been a really long time since I last spoke about Disney legend Milt Kahl on this blog and at a time of political correctness where people are afraid to ruffle feathers, I think it would be a good time to make March 2020, Milt Kahl’s appreciation month!
Milt Kahl was one of Disney’s Nine old men. A vocal animator, well known for his razor sharp comments and stunning performances on characters like Rescuers’ Medusa, Jungle Books’ Shere Khan, Merlin, Aristocat’s Edgar, or even Bambi and Alice.
Let’s start Milt Kahl’s appreciation month softly, with his Disney Family Album portrait and then we will quickly move to a series of interview with his sharp criticism on the industry … and on his colleagues, and to finish with the excellent CalArt tapes!
Disclaimer: Much to my regret, I don’t work for Disney Feature Animation but DTVA (Disney TV) so I don’t have access to any of the tools demonstrated here and as such I am not breaching any NDA. The content is just extracted from publicly available material.
If you are interested in dAnimPicker, the Disney character picker, and if you want to know how the brows are controlled at Disney, here is a short clip I extracted from a Moana Behind the Scene video.
I think I am recognizing Disney head of animation Malcon Pierce here, and if you pay attention, you will probably notice that he is shaping the brows using only a main control, 3 secondary controls and probably navigating between them using his keyboard using a pickwalking feature.
The light blue control is the main brow and the darker ones are the secondary (inner and mid brow). The dark circular just above is probably the outer brow.
I would be really curious to hear what are the controls right underneath though…. tertiary controls?
It looks like I never posted this.
Pretty short but interesting behind the scene video. I am mostly posting it as it features Maui’s facial rig and GUI picker.
On a side note, I have the feeling the animator is navigating through the brow picker using the left right keys of his keyboard.
Ahah! something new to see!
A compilation of walk Cycles from Disney’s 1973 Feature “Robin Hood”?
What a great excuse to watch Robin Hood again! Robin, “Sword in the stone”, “Jungle Book” and “The rescuers” are my favorite Disney movies.
Does anyone know who designed the characters by the way? I think Milt Kahl did a lot of character design towards the end of his career but I think I remember Ken Anderson was doing them before him, any idea?
I was busy collecting some references for my shortfilm today and found some really good Disney links.
Animation Background. As the name implies, you will find a large collection of old classic Disney shorts/features and also more recent backgrounds. It is so cool to finally be able to take a close look at those beautiful watercolours.
The Art of Disney Animation
That one is mainly in french but you will find a lot of artwork from the house of the mouse, among them a larger collection of colour scripts from Toy Story 3 than was had been available in the past.
and 2 more links that have been around for a while but a lot of people don’t know about.
The Pixar blog
oops I was about to forget a great resources if you intend to do some research on old Disney short films
The encyclopedia of Disney Animation shorts. A great website if you want to track a Disney director or artist.
By the way, does anyone know who was the main character designer on Jungle Book, Sword in the stone, 101 dalmatians, Robin Hood and other features sharing the same angular look? With my colleague Karim we are not able to agree on this. I am aware Milt Kahl reluctantly became character designer but I am pretty sure he was only drawing in that very characteristicstyle. For some reason Ken Anderson keeps coming back to me but I can’t find any information about it. Any idea?
Dice Tsutsumi on the Chiustream
Milt Kahl is my favourite Nine Old man. I really respond to his strong poses, eye for detail, sense of observation and draftmanship. People who can draw like him are really really rare.
excellent blog here
The Art of Disney Animation Blog
I was going through Christopher Finch “The Art of Disney” this week end and stopped on few drawings from 1931 “The Beach Party” and 1935 “the Band concert”. Both shorts feature the supporting character Horace Horsecollar
I looked up this little guy on Youtube and google and finally found a full comic strip dating from the begining of the 40s and drawn by the excellent Floyd Gottfredson. Like me you probably don’t know this artist so listen to that. In 1935, he took over Ubi Werks and for 45 years, was in charge of all the Mickey Mouse comic strips after a very short career as a Disney inbetweener.
His style has evolved a lot in 45 years and probably in line with what people were doing in the animation department. If you want to know a bit more about him and his style, head to the following website http://stp.ling.uu.se/~starback/dcml/creators/floyd-gottfredson.html You will find there some example of the different art periods but as a summary, here is the classification made by the author.
1933-36 Classic 1
1937-1939 Classic 2
Personallly I really like the latest style but my favourite is the 1935 when characters didn’t have pupils and limbs were still rubber hose like. Here is an example:
Funny enough that strip is dated from 1935 but the author mentioned above would have called that style the 1933 “Mosozoic” instead of Classic 1.
If you like this designs, go and have a look on Clark Snyder’s Inspiration Grab Bag blog. He posted 100 of Floyd Gottfredson Disney’s comic strips.