I am! We’re having a friend’s 18 piece Big Band play at our wedding, and one of the songs that I have on my possible first dance song list is “Fly Me to the Moon” :)
The Illusion of Life -
1981 Disney animation special hosted by Hayley Mills (Part1)
Hi! First just wanted to say as a fellow Disney lover & trivia seeker, I love your blog! Second, I realized that there’s virtually nothing on here about Marc & Alice Davis. My close friend is dating their grandnephew & so I get to hear amazing facts all the time & have the opportunity to hang out with Alice when my friend is in town. One of my favorite stories about these two is that Pete Docter & his team spent time with Alice in her home to talk with her about her life with Marc & gain inspiration for Up. I’ve heard many people question the dedication to “the real life Carl & Ellie Fredricksens” at the end of the film, and just wanted to point out this is why Alice gets a special shoutout. Alice is a wonderful woman who will talk your ear off for hours about Disney, and I know she appreciates blogs like yours that keep the Disney magic alive :)
—- Wow, thank you so much talkingincursive. You are so lucky to be able to speak first hand to someone connected to so much of Disney’s history. That’s really amazing.
Believe me, I’ve noticed the lack of trivia on the animators, and have been meaning to do more, but you are the first person to actually request it, so thank you for that. I was actually planning on doing more after finding multiple facts on Marc Davis for 101 Dalmatians, and then I remembered your message.
So here we go. The rest of today and Wednesday are officially about the animators!
I feel ya. I’m 5’0 and a size 8.
I don’t think it’s a question of being “too big” (BTW, did she really say that to you? What a bitch!), it’s a matter of can you fit into the costume. When they’re looking to hire a face character, they’re looking for someone to fit into a costume that’s already made. They don’t want to hire someone who they’ll have to make a brand new costume for, especially if it won’t fit the other friends who are already working in the parks.
But anyway, screw that lady at the Disney store! If you want to be a face character, go audition! Don’t let the fear of being “too big” stop you. And if you aren’t the right size to be a face character, you may be just the right size to be a fur character. I mean seriously, who wants to be stuck being friends with Tinker Bell when you can be friends with Mickey Mouse?!
Haha, to tell you the truth, I don’t really listen to music all that much.
Well, that’s a lie. I don’t listen to today’s music all that much. I’m more of a 1940s big band/classical music/Broadway show tunes kind of girl, with some Billy Joel and Death Cab for Cutie thrown in. And of course, Disney music. I’ve heard a few One Direction songs and they’re definitely catchy and get stuck in your head, but I guess since I don’t actively listen to them, I don’t really have an opinion one way or the other.
Oh wow, I didn’t even notice that. I totally glanced over the question before answering it. Thanks for the correction!
On previous Disney animated features, the top animators were assigned a character and drew the bulk (if not all) of that particular character’s scenes individually. Animation on 101 Dalmatians was far more of a “team effort” - for example, seven of the famed “Nine Old Men” worked on Perdita. There was one notable exception: Marc Davis drew Cruella De Vil entirely on his own.
101 Dalmatians was the final film animator Marc Davis worked on. After animating Cruella De Vil, Davis went to work for WED Enterprises, designing for such iconic Disneyland rides as the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean.