Worker Studio's Founder & CEO, Michael "Ffish" Hemschoot, is also our animation director, or Minister of Motion. We had Ffish pick five brilliant animated performances that influenced him creatively, and he responded with these unforgettable moments from master animators. It is these very animated performances that left an indelible influence on Ffish's youth, setting forth his own career in animation and filmmaking. This is #3 in a series of posts.
Shere Khan from Disney's The Jungle Book
Top - Milt Kahl Pencil Test scanned by Jamaal Bradley
Bottom - Milt Kahl Pencil Test scanned by Andreas Deja
#3 Shere Khan - Disney's The Jungle Book (1967)
Dubbed the "Animation Michelangelo," Milt Kahl brought to life some of Disney's most memorable characters. His list of characters could easily fill this space, but Ffish drew a lot inspiration from Shere Khan. The character's presence is a near-perfect blend of animal anatomy with sly mischievousness.
Kahl certainly made his mark animating the Disney Princes in the Golden Age, along with fun-loving characters like Br'er Rabbit (seen left), Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Alice, Lady & the Tramp, Pongo & Roger and of course Tigger. Yet, with Shere Khan we see this master draftsman animate one of Disney's most complex villains.
On animating this devious tiger, Kahl said: “The stripes helped give it shape but on every drawing I knew where the weight was coming from, and where the weight is just traveling, and where the weight is transferring to.”
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