Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Maleficent and Diablo Production Drawing from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959 - "I, too, shall bestow a gift on the child."

Original production animation drawing of Maleficent and Diablo from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Graphite on peg hole paper; Numbered 40 and animation ladder in pencil lower right; Size - Maleficent & Diablo 8 x 5 1/4", Sheet 12 1/2 x 15 1/2"; Unframed.

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.

Close-up of the Maleficent and Diablo drawing.

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.  

Photograph of the animation ladder and the production number.

The drawing pictured is for sale and is a very rare eyes open original production drawing of Maleficent and her pet raven Diablo from the 1959 full length animated feature film "Sleeping Beauty" from Walt Disney Studios. This drawing is from the very famous opening scene of Maleficent when she enters the throne room and cast a spell on Princess Aurora aka Sleeping Beauty!

Queen: "And you're not offended, your excellency?"
Maleficent: "Why no, your majesty. And to show I bear no ill will, I, too, shall bestow a gift on the child."

The drawing is numbered "40" lower right and has the animation ladder as well; indicating that this is a key drawing from the scene. The pose is wonderfully drawn, suggesting that Maleficent and Diablo are in total control of the situation. The drawing measures an incredible 8" x 5 1/4" and is on a 15 1/2" x 12 1/2" sheet of three peg hole paper. 

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