VILLAINS WITHOUT MAKE-UP!
They may looked all put together, but at some point, they reveal their true colours! And it’s not just the ladies. Here’s the make-up, no make-up comparisons of some of our favourite Disney villains!
HOMAGE TO FRANK THOMAS
Frank Thomas was one of Walt Disney’s team of animators known as the Nine Old Men.
He was a Disney Legend, and did quite a team when paired with Milt Kahl in scenes such as the witchcraft duel in The Sword in the Stone or the I Wanna Be Like You scene in The Jungle Book.
He was best friends with fellow animator Ollie Johnston and created lovable and transcendent characters and scenes like the ones above, thus creating a spot for him in the history of animation for which he will always be remembered.
WHEN STORYBOARDS COME TO LIFE
In the 1960’s the project of Chanticleer was scratched to develop The Sword in the Stone, which was storyboarded by the talented Bill Peet. The Wizards’ Duel sequence between Merlin and Madame Mim is, without a doubt, one of the gems of the film and was the result of the combined talents of Bill and Milt Kahl. After Bill Peet doodled character situations and dialogue ideas on note paper sheets, it was Milt’s job to polish and finally bring to life, inspired by his doodles. The influence of Bill’s staging is outstanding, as is Milt’s animation.
THE DISNEY FILM THAT DIDN’T GET TO BE
After the completion of Disney’s “101 Dalmatians” there were two different projects in pre-production as possible follow ups . One was “The Sword in the Stone” developed by Bill Peet, the other one was “Chanticleer” developed by Ken Anderson and Marc Davis. Unfortunately, Walt was forced to pick only one and picked “The Sword in the Stone”. Marc Davis’ concept sketches for Chanticleer, an arrogant rooster who is convinced that his crow makes the sun rise in the morning, were full with personality and charm. Marc himself said that he thought some of his best drawings while working at the studio were for Chanticleer.
This project, as was Don Bluth’s 1990’s film Rock a Doodle, was based on a comedic verse play written by Edmond Rostand in 1910 called Chantecler. All the characters were farm animals and the protagonist was a rooster, also called a chanticleer (metonym).
MERLIN IN WIRE
Andreas Deja, the talented Disney animator who was supervisor animator for iconic characters such as Jafar and Gaston, did this wire sculpture of Merlin a few years ago. Human subjects are usually difficult to balance, two legs aren’t enough to hold up a sculpture made out of wire. But the buttom of Merlin’s cloak helped to solve the problem.