Marc Davis

How to Draw Maleficent from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty

With Disney’s Maleficent back in theaters in “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” here’s a fun lesson on how to draw the character created for Walt Disney Animation’s 1959 film “Sleeping Beauty” by the great Marc Davis. In the following video Character Artist Stephen Ketchum at Disney’s… Read More »How to Draw Maleficent from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty

New Cinderella Clip: The Spell Will Be Broken

To be perfectly honest, the part of Cinderella I was most worried about was the transformation from rags to the beautiful ballgown by the Fairy Godmother. It was such an iconic moment animated skillfully by the master of the craft – Marc Davis. I needed… Read More »New Cinderella Clip: The Spell Will Be Broken

Walt Disney Animation Studios to get Frozen

Walt Disney Animation Studios recently made it official, the next animated feature after “Wreck-It Ralph” will be “Frozen.” Frozen has its roots in the the Hans Christian Anderson story “Snow Queen” and has roots back to the days when Walt Disney himself still ran the… Read More »Walt Disney Animation Studios to get Frozen

John Lasseter on the Future of Animation

Last Monday Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science hosted the Marc Davis Lecture, which this year was a panel talk. Among the panelists was John Lasseter who spoke on the future of animation. One of my favorite quotes from the night was Lasseter’s insistence… Read More »John Lasseter on the Future of Animation

Alice Davis finally gets her Window on Main Street at Disneyland

Finally things are starting look right at Disneyland. That empty window next to Marc Davis’ has its pairing. Disneyland has honored Alice Davis with her own window on Main Street USA at Disneyland which serve as the ‘credits’ to the full experience of the park. There ceremony was star studded as far as Disneyland luminaries go.

Alice Davis was inducted as a Disney Legend in 2004 and is known for her work on the costumes for “it’s a small world” and “Pirates Of the Caribbean,” however, her accomplishments also include live action films, developing WDI standards, and is a brilliant artist and imagineer in her own right.

I’ve been writing about the need to correct this injustice since at least 1999. I mentioned the lack of windows for Alice Davis and Mary Blair in the 2nd month of this blog and later added in Lillian Disney as another major oversight. Davis joins Harriet Burns, Cicely Rigdon, and Mary Anne Mang as the fourth woman to be honored with a ‘credit’ on Main Street USA at Disneyland. Let’s hope that number quickly rises to six and higher as the company finally starts to recognize the contributions made by women in their cast, not just the men.

A full video of the ceremony is available below the cut:

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Ben Franklin at Walt Disney World

It’s tax day and Foxxfur is regaling us with stories of one of Founding Fathers and his place at Walt Disney World. Well make that places. And make that a portrait of Ben Franklin which it is believed was painted by Disney legend Marc Davis.… Read More »Ben Franklin at Walt Disney World