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
HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY MARC DAVIS!
Today on the 30th March is Marc Davis birthday… but not any regular birthday, it would have been his 100th.
Marc was an artist and animator at the Walt Disney studios, one of the Nine Old Men, and was responsible for many beloved characters such as Thumper (Bambi), Cinderella, Aurora and Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty), Alice (Alice in Wonderland), Tinker Bell (Peter Pan) and of course the fabulous Cruella De Vil (101 Dalmatians).
Marc also played a key role in the creation of many Disney attractions, as did her wife, Alice Davis, in, for instance, It’s a Small World.
Here I leave you with a video of Marc from an interview from the late 1980s in which he talks about how he developed the character of Maleficent.
DISNEY FUN FACT- Maleficent’s colors
No, you are not going color blind. And no, the picture is not painted wrong. Originally, Marc Davis, Maleficent’s supervising animator had decided that the colors for this character would be black and red, based in a concept he saw in a book on medieval art. He felt strongly about those colors, but background and color stylist Eyvind Earle had other ideas and settled for black with purple. Personally, I don’t think I would have liked the black and red too much, but who am I to question the great Marc Davis.
Malficent is not the only villainess rocking purple, as it appears to prominently appear with so many fellow villains, like The Little Mermaid’s Ursula, Snow White’s Queen Grimhilde (also known as The Evil Queen), The Princess and the Frog’s Dr. Facilier, Pocahontas Governor Radcliffe, The Emperor’s New Groove Yzma, and quite a few others.
MALEFICENT’S PROMOTIONAL LOGO
A banner with the latest logo for this upcoming Disney film has been just released, even though we are more than two years away of its premiere.
This film will be a live remake of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, but from the villainess’ perspective, in a world where fairies and humans are at war. The filming is taking place as we speak, with the talents of director Robert Stromberg and coming in March 2014. As the poster states… EVIL HAS A BEGINNING.