Saturday, March 14, 2015

Prince John Production Drawing from "Robin Hood," 1973

Original production drawing of Prince John in graphite and blue pencils from "Robin Hood," 1973; Numbered 95 lower right; Size - Prince John 7 x 8 1/2", Sheet 12 1/2 x 15 1/2", Unframed.

Prince John is a spoiled King who will resort to any underhanded trick so that he can maintain the crown and throne of Nottingham.  He was voiced by the great and deep voiced Peter Ustinov, Sir Hiss (Prince John's snake advisor) was voiced by Terry-Thomas (who's hissing speech was masterful); and both were animated by Ollie Johnston.  The on-screen presence of the two villains together is just wonderful and Johnston's animation skills, at this point, are top notch!  This is a very rare production drawing of Prince John by Ollie Johnston's hand.  Drawings of Prince John are much rarer than the cels and this one is quite nice.  He is seen sitting on this throne, both eyes are open, and his mouth has a wonderfully wicked smile!  He is wearing his crown, and the details of which would be added at a later part of the animation process.  The drawing is accomplished in graphite and blue pencils and measures an impressive 7" x 8 1/2".

Close up of the Prince John production drawing