Saturday, January 16, 2010

Milt Kahl Day


The Prince in Sleeping Beauty has been criticized as a stiff, cardboard character by many.  Maybe Milt did him so underplayed because, being a handsome prince, it could be more believable instead of animating him like the King Hubert or the Lackey, which would be too broad thus making the character look wrong on the screen.
I still think Milt did an amazing job on this, design wise and animation. 

11 comments:

  1. I agree especially the sceane inthe river with the horse.

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  2. To each his own, yet I also agree that the prince was beautifully handled. Some of my favorite animation is of the prince and his horse, they compliment each other wonderfully.

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  3. There's always so much more going on in his drawings than it appears at first glance. He used hard geometry quite a bit but he always mixed in a masterful bit of the organic, which many people miss. And he never lets that geometry get overly hard as the shapes moved through space either--the shapes are subject to revision in almost any angle or frame.

    Thanks for showing these roughs.

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  4. Hey Will,

    Yes, you are totally right. The balance between hard geometry and the organic is quite difficult to do well. Many have tried and many have done a good job but no one could achieve to the level that Milt did.
    I am honored to have your comment here, Will.
    Best.

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  5. I also don´t think of him as a "boring prince". The only thing that bothers me a bit is his silence at the end of the movie. After he´s caught by Maleficent, if I remember right, he doesn´t say a single word. But it does have nothing to do with Milt and his marvelous work throughout the whole movie.

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  6. Thank Sandro, these posts are always helpful and I'm glad you're willing to share so much with the animation community!

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  7. The Prince is great to me.
    He works very well in all the movie.

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  8. Man that guy just KNEW how to draw. No question.

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  9. I just remember Milt yelling at us. Can't you lazy bastards draw?!

    I still love the guy.

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