The real actors who provided references for Disney animators

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For many of its early hand-drawn animated features, Disney would film real actors performing the the roles of the various cartoon characters. The animators would watch these performances as references for their drawings. Technicolor Disney has collected several images from these performances, and spliced in the animated characters each actor portrayed.

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You can see the full set of images at Technicolor Disney.

Illustration for article titled The real actors who provided references for Disney animators
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Illustration for article titled The real actors who provided references for Disney animators

And to see how the performances actually looked alongside the animation, here is a sequence from Alice in Wonderland, with Alice voice actress Kathryn Beaumont acting out the role of Alice:

[Technicolor Disney via Wil Wheaton]

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rudi_freude
rudi_freude

I know there is a vociferous section of the animation community that will scream me down, but I simply do love the rotoscoping technique.

Disney did a lot of it in the early days - as this article shows - and as a child I've always adored how fluid and graceful the heroes, heroines, and villains in classics like Sleeping Beauty and Snow White moved.

It was...magical.