Thursday, January 22, 2015

Production Drawing of Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959 - "Well Here's Your Precious Princess!"

Full Figure Maleficent drawing; original production drawing of Maleficent in graphite and red pencil from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959; Numbered "51" lower right and with animation ladder lower right; Size - Maleficent 9 x 15 1/2", Sheet 12 1/2 x 19 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 Maleficent production drawing.

The drawing pictured is for sale and is a very rare, eyes and mouth open, full figure, original production drawing of Maleficent.  This drawing is from the very famous scene right after Briar Rose/Princess Aurora pricks her finger on the spinning wheel; fulfilling Maleficent's evil spell!  All three Fairies rush into the room, only to find Maleficent standing alone with her staff.  She tells the Fairies, "You poor simple fools, thinking you could defeat me. Me, the mistress of all evil."  This drawing is from that scene, when her next line is, "Well, here's your precious princess!"  She then pulls her cape away with her left hand, revealing Aurora unconscious on the floor.  The drawing is numbered "51" lower right and has the animation ladder also lower right.  Maleficent is drawn with graphite and red pencil, measures an incredible 9" x 15 1/2," and is on a 12 1/2" x 19 3/4" sheet of three peg hole paper.

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