Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Maleficent Drawing from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959 - "It's incredible! 16 years, and not a trace of her!"

Original production drawing of Maleficent in graphite and red pencil from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959; Numbered "364E" lower right and with animation ladder lower right; Size - Maleficent 5 1/4 x 9", Sheet 12 1/2 x 14 3/4"

If you ask people to name their favorite Disney Villain, chances are you will one of three answers; The Evil Queen/Witch from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," Cruella DeVil from "101 Dalmatians," or Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty."  Two of the three, Cruella and Maleficent, were created/drawn by the great animator Marc Davis.  Davis was part of what has been dubbed Disney's Nine Old Men; the core group of animators, some becoming directors, that created the finest animated films ranging from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", 1937 to "The Rescuers", 1977.

The voice of Maleficent was performed by Eleanor Audley.  She had worked for Disney prior by also being the voice for the cold and calculating Lady Tremaine (The Stepmother) in "Cinderella."  If is known that Frank Thomas for Lady Tremaine and Marc Davis for Maleficent, incorporated facials features of Eleanor into both characters.   

Close up of Full Figure Maleficent Drawing.

This drawing is from the scene in Maleficent's Castle when Maleficent, is furious over the fact that her Goons (after 16 years) have not been able to find Princess Aurora and she screams, "It's incredible! 16 years, and not a trace of her! She couldn't have vanished into thin air! Are you sure you searched everywhere?"

To view the scene which this drawing was used to create, click on the short video below: