Disney was the first major animation house to add a lifelike quality to its characters. It achieved this thanks to Walt's carefully curated crew of talented animators that drew from live models. Animators studied the models endlessly, drawing them in action and in various costumes, often filming them. It was a laborious process, but the live-action reference was worth it, and Disney's movies have entranced audiences for decades.
Tumblr Technicolor Disney shared several images that show a side-by-side comparison of Disney's real-life character inspirations with the final animated figures. It's a neat look at the Mouse House's process. Dancer Marge Champion was the model for Disney's groundbreaking Snow White — the first full-length cel-animated feature film. Green Acres actress Eleanor Audley modeled the Maleficent's wicked horns for Sleeping Beauty. She also modeled the wicked stepmother in Cinderella. These are just a few of the people behind Disney's most successful animations, featured below. See more side-by-side photos over here. [via Design Taxi]
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