Robin Hood | Milt Kahl
“These sketches by Ken (Anderson) of the title character represent a spunky mischievous type. They date back to August of 1970. The movie’s release was November of 1973.” – Deja View
Sherlock Holmes | Andreas Deja (x)
Early in 1980 (still at art school) I wondered what the cast of Sherlock Holmes might look like, if depicted as animal characters, similar to Disney’s Robin Hood.
It was a way for me to practice the Disney style in rough form (I had just found out that Disney designers and animators worked pretty loosely). So I practiced staging, expressions and a little bit of color exploration with Magic Markers. I never showed these sketches to my art teachers at school, knowing how much they disliked the Disney approach to animation. The one person I did show them to was my friend Hans Bacher, who had graduated from the same art school and was at that time in business as a designer, storyboard artist and animator for several German agencies and TV stations.
Without Hans’ constructive criticism and input I would have been completely lost. – Deja
“Milt Kahl often pushed the contact between two characters in order to achieve physical believability, but also comedy. From the moment the characters’ faces make contact you see how their facial features react, especially their cheeks, because they are soft.” – Deja View
The model of Cruella’s car was painted with black lines that made it look like a drawing when reproduced on photostats. The image was then cut out and pasted on a cel, then Xeroxed like the other drawings.
It is always interesting to see what kind of research was done before classic Disney characters were finalized.