These are some of the looks animators were planning at some point for these Disney characters. Can you imagine if they ended up looking like that?
THE NEW FACES OF CINDERELLA AND LADY TREMAINE
Maleficent apparently started a new trend. Angelina Jolie bringing this character to life may have planted a seed in the desire for other famous ladies to portray fabulous villains. Now is the time for Cinderella to hit the big screen again, but as a live movie.
Cinderella is said to be played by Amanda Seyfried (Mean Girls, Mamma Mia) and the role of her evil stepmother, Lady Tremaine, is to be possibly portrayed by Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth I of England, Lord of the Rings). Currrently, the studios is in negotiations with the actress.
Although the story of Cinderella has been adapted many times for the big screen, it is the first attempt of the Walt Disney studios will be re-imagining its classic fairytale loyal to its 1950’s version. The release date has been set for 2015, and it will be produced by Simon Kinberg (X-Men series), directed by Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) and script by Chris Weitz (Twilight Saga: New Moon). The story illustrate Perrault’s story, and loyal to the Disney version, but with a twist more like a dramatic period film like The Duchess or The Other Boleyn Girl.
Sounds like a great project, Im looking forward to more info on the cast and filming.
Source: The Wrap
Portraits of Lady Tremaine
These early portraits on Cinderella’s stepmother, created by Mary Blair, show the icy and evil personality of the character, which later would be quite helpful for its development by the animator Frank Thomas.
OMG she has the same evil eyes!!!
Photography: Yasin Häydi
The pictures show the animation disney legend Frank Thomas, explaining animation principles during a TV show from the 1980’s. Many say Frank could have made a living out of being a live actor. These are all sketches by Frank that were inspired by typical expressions of his.
He is not alone. Andres Dejà was told continuously during the production of Beauty and the Beast that Gaston’s expressions and gestures were looked just like him! Also, Disney story man Vance Gerry told Dejà once that he thinks that all of Milt Kahl’s characters have Milt’s eyes; slightly cross-eyed, they look like they are up to no good. You can see that in characters like Peter from Peter Pan, Roger and Pongo from 101 Dalmatians and Madame Medusa from The Rescuers.
I’m not sure if the animators do this on purpose or not, as they obviously study themselves and their expressions in the mirror to portray a more real character. So they do it intentionally, but in a way, not intentionally. An animator can’t help to give some of his own characteristics to a character.