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
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.
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.
Andreas Deja’s villains. They all have an extense range of expressions, that make them some of the most memorable bad guys in animation history, in my opinion.