The live-action reference for 101 Dalmatians character Nanny, was actually not a woman, it was actor Don Barkley. Here is a photography performing for the puppy theft sequence, where the position and props are quite hilarious!
The character was animated by Ollie Johnston, and created her the most charming walk. Nevertheless, Milt Kahl helped with pushing her proportions and definition. Frank Thomas had his hand a little bit there too.
101 Dalmatians set the mark for a different kind of animated feature as being the first “modern” animated Disney film. It had a more artistic and graphic style, which Walt was not very fond of, as he thought it was quite messy.
This can clearly be seen in this sketch by Ken Anderson, inspired by Ronald Searle. Although messy, it is alive, realistic. One can feel as if one is inside the frame, and see Roger as a modern man; a man we can identify with. And even though Walt wasn’t a fan, the audiences loved it and embraced this film quite well. In fact, it is the favorite of many people I know.
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I adore this 101 Dalmatians sequence, and since then I always try to see the resemblance between dogs and their owners.
The gorgeous story sketches are by the amazing Bill Peet
Cruella De Vil was another character brought to life by the talented Marc Davis. Here I overlapped a scene drawn by Marc withthe finished cell, and I cannot help but to highlight the incredible personality these two characters show in this scene.
Nanny’s determination and kind of comical, standing her ground, while Cruella, holding her cigarette doesn’t even give a damn about this little woman and expects to bid as high as she has to to get what she wants, as she has done all her life.
The fact that you can read all of that, from just one image shows the power, and the talented animation crew that was behind it.
In the photograph, you can see Marc Davis, Milt Kahl and Ken Anderson being interviewed about 101 Dalmatians. Marc appears to be talking while Milt is ready to jump in with some insight. This was a very exciting film for the animators, as it was the first time they would see their drawings on the screen thanks to the new Xerox process.
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I SEE SPOTS! … Spots everywhere!
These are all model drawings by Milt Kahl for the sequence where the puppies are watching the Thunderbolt TV Show. Interestingly enough, he didn’t animate a single scene for this section of the film, he was just asked to do a few key poses. Here you can see the distinct personalities of the pups, it’s really appealing!
VINYLMATION WHISKERS AND TALES SERIES FIGURE- 3”
A dozen famous Disney animals have been rounded up in this Vinylmation Whiskers and Tales Series, and there’s even a surprise one! You can order it here!
Which one is your favorite or is not here and think it should have been included?