Thursday, March 17, 2011

Milt Kahl Day

Animator  Avi Blyer has shared these with us, thanks Avi.
 This is one of the best scenes of Pongo in the "101 Dalmatians".  Pongo has just found out that he became a father of 15 puppies and Milt Kahl animated him kind of drunk as he walk towards Roger.

There's a story about this particular scene.  Milt gave a lecture to a young group of animators and showed this scene as an example.  He said that in order to animate a drunk dog you need to know how a real dog walks and all the mechanics involved, which is a very complex thing.  As he started to analyze the walk, someone in the group shouted "I don't want to work that hard" and Milt exploded.  He could not believe that an animator would say something like that.


  1. this scene is an animation class. All parts of the body has a timing varied and still have those jerks in the legs. I imagine it was pretty hard to solve!
    Very good this post!

  2. Thanks for sharing, Sandro! This was always one of my favorite scenes, as well! I love all the stories of Milt being completely aghast and bewildered at animators who haven't set a high bar for themselves.

  3. Just animating this scene at the angle he's chosen makes it a nightmare. Then he creates this specific and difficult walk. It's brilliant.

  4. I can't believe an animator was crazy enough to say that to Milt Kahl during a lecture. I am sure he was skewered on the spot.

    However, it's a real challenge to believable and recognizable emotions onto a 4-legged animal character.

    If I said "depressed" or "excited" you can immediately picture a human figure in your head easily.

    But how do you convey that through an animal like a horse, an elephant or a dog? Our anatomy is so radically different. Even knowing animal anatomy backwards won't do it for you.

    Seeing Milt do it is an inspiration. If anyone has any suggestions about how to think about putting believable emotion into animal drawings....I'm all ears.

    Thanks for posting!

  5. I have the rough animation of this scene here at home. Amazing stuff.