Andreas Deja posted in his blog one of the last drawings Milt Kahl ever did of Medusa.
He writes… “This sketch was given to animation assistant Bud Hester, who over the years not only worked for Milt, but all the other Nine Old Men. If anybody knows some scoop about these animation giants, it would be Bud.”
Story artist/writer Larry Clemmons is presenting a sequence from The Rescuers. He is showing storyboards involving the introduction of Orville, the albatross to animator Frank Thomas, co-director Art Stevens, animators Gary Goldman and Ollie Johnston, producer/co-director Woolie Reitherman and story man Ted Berman.
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KEN ANDERSON: A WELL-ROUND DISNEY LEGEND
This man did EVERYTHING. Generally animators focused in one or two categories which to explore in animation. Not Ken Anderson. He studied architecture, and secured at position at Disney where ha contributed throughout his career as an art director, screenwriter, animator, production designer, short-story author and imagineer.
These are all concept art he did for various Disney films, but he participated in so much more, and those films wouldn’t have been what they were without him. Andreas Deja describes his work as art that ”shows how to place characters in an environment in a way that presents mood combined with character development”.
He received the Disney Legend award as for animation and imagineering in 1991, an honour that recognizes people who made outstanding contribution to the Walt Disney Company.
Penny and Rufus
Comparison of the rough sketch and final scene. Rufus looks almost like a fluffy stuffed animal. This is scene is so comforting and emotional; masterpiece from Disney legend Ollie Johnston.
"Gee, we better hurry, or we’ll be late for supper."
This scene was executed by legendary Disney animator Ollie Johnston.
BERNARD’S EVOLUTION BY OLLIE JOHNSTON
In Ollie’s first attempts to animate Bernard, he tried out various proportions for anthropomorphic mice. After that, he tried a design that resembled Basil from Baker Street (who made it to the screen a decade later).
Bernard then became chubby (resembling his final design) but with a longer nose. They even tried giving the mice black pupils (like actual mice) but in the end they agreed they looked far too creepy. In the end, he kept his tummy but with a shorter nose
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