On March 30th 1993, almost 20 years ago, Marc and Alice Davis threw a garden party with family and friends in celebration of Marc’s 80th birthday.
Andreas Deja was one of the many Disney animators to attend, and instead of getting Marc a store-bought card, he came up with an illustration of Maleficent (one of Marc’s characters) being asked to dance by Jafar (one of the characters Andreas had animated).
In additon, he wrote the lyrics from an old song in order to point out that Maleficent had an influence on the way he designed and animated Jafar. Simple, clear lines and shapes, resulting in a stylized design for the character. Andreas animated some great villains from the Disney Renaissance, whereas Marc did two great villains from the golden age. He was truly inspired by Marc’s work, what better way to show it than in making him this home-made card.
In the photo there is Andreas in the
very 90s colorful shirt, giving Marc the card. The animation historian Charles Solomon is the one with the glasses in the middle.
Source: Deja View
Andreas Deja drew this christmas card with a caricature of himself and sent it to Milt Kahl and his wife Julie wishing him a Merry Xmas.
Apparently, it was a tradition for many animators in the Disney Studios to hand-draw christmas cards during the season, as did John Lounsbery, Marc Davis, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston and Ward Kimball.
Not Milt though, he always said he only drew when he had to. To reply to the card Andreas sent, he purchased this Santa card on a store and invited him over.
THE EVOLUTION OF JAFAR
The first four sketches are different design ideas were floating around early on, before animation began, done by Jafar’s supervising animator Andreas Deja. Clearly he went for the second one.
The fifth sketch was made by Aladdin’s director John Musker, which was made after Jafar voice actor, Jonathan Freeman, was recording for the character. It shows the perfect attitude to go along with the character’s voice.
The last sketch was done by Andreas Deja, and has a Iago cut out, which was provided by its supervising animator, Will Finn.
Wonder how he would look if Andreas would have gone a different direction. Personally, with the voice and the character, I think he nailed it. He is the ultimate villain animator, he certainly is responsible for my personal favorites.
Legends of Disney Animation through time…
Each of these amazing animators joined the Walt Disney Animation team to bring us those treasures we cherish as memories and magic. Just figured out that 1934 was THE year to be hired by the studios!
They are the most talented, which one is your favorite?
Today is Ollie Johnston’s 100th Birthday!
Just wanted to take a second away from the halloween celebration and propose and homage to this amazing animator who has given all of us disney-fans so much.
This is a short article Disney’s Andreas Deja posted today in his blog, in honor of this legendary animator who belongs to the original group of the Nine Old Men.
Mama Odie Maquette
Supervising animators get to keep maquettes of their characters as a souvenir. This maquettes are used as a help for the animators to sort out problems with their drawings, and keep the character model throughout the film. They can arrive in early or late production, depending on the sculptor. This particular maquette, as were all The Princess and the Frog characters’, was made by Raffaello Vecchione. He got really close to Andreas Deja’s drawing of Mama Odie as you can see from the picture.
Animating Lilo was so special to Disney animator Andreas Deja that he couldn’t help painting an imaginary scene of her and stitch in color pencils and watercolors.
Source: Deja View
Lilo can’t help but take a pictures of these three bad boys!
This is a sketch by Andreas Deja, starring some of his most memorable characters.