live action models

“Belle is the feminist princess so much better than Cinderella who is a bad role model for girls!”

Oh. Oh really

So she was a bad role model when she:

  • Stood up to her abuser twice
  • Didn’t whine or moan about only getting until midnight at the ball
  • Used the derogatory name her abusers had given her to proudly announce herself to the prince because she wouldn’t let them win
  • Remained kind and courageous through the abuse she endured
  • Worried more about the man who delivered her the news about her father’s death than herself (”that must have been very difficult for you”)
  • Forgave her abuser, because she knew continuing to stay mad would only bring her down.
  • Felt sorry for how her stepsisters because of what they had become due to their mother
  • Had just had her mother’s dress destroyed and the chance of meeting her only friend taken away from her, but still cared for the beggar woman who asked for some milk
  • Didn’t try to hide who she was for the prince
  • Told a man of wealth off for hunting after a stag - “just because its what’s done doesn’t mean its what should be done!”
  • Cared for all her animals

A female character doesn’t just have to punch things and not wear a corset to be a good role model. I love Belle, but don’t dismiss Cinderella when she’s just as good as a role model as Belle!

(also feel free to add what I have missed!)

Quite a lovely photo of my kit from Swordcraft last night. Slowly working my body strength back up to be able to wear all my plate armour again. It feels amazing! Even if I am pretty sore today. Also my halberd, Jacopo, is finally back in fighting form after having to rebuild him twice.

Photo by Portrait Photography.
Swordcraft. Melbourne, Australia.

A fellow Grace Kelly fan, theawesomeprincess, has recently called my attention to a fact no Disney/classic Hollywood aficionado can fail to see: Cinderella looks strikingly similar to the Princess of Monaco.

I used to wonder whether Cinderella was actually modelled after Grace. But the dates don’t add up: Grace Kelly would only get a big break in Hollywood in late 1952, and Cinderella was produced in 1949. The truth is, Cinderella was actually modelled after a professional live action model Helene Stanley. And yet…

In this manip, Cinderella is wearing a famous black and white dress designed by Edith Head for ‘Rear Window’ - just like Grace.

 By the by, the fact that Edith was not nominated by the Academy for this film’s costume design is beyond me.


When Howard Ashman was coaching Ariel’s live-action reference model, Howard physicalised the now iconic extraction of Ariel’s voice to help her understand what she needed to express. “It was dance-like and very visual, clear and dramatic”, recalls director John Musker. When you see the voice extraction scene, in the moment that Ariel’s voice moves out of her body, you are watching Howard’s movement. 

anonymous asked:

Can you do one shot #2 for ohmtoonz please #neverenoughohmtoonz

Everyday after their second job Ohm and Luke get on the subway to head home. Luke is out within the first minute after he sits next to Ohm in his usual spot. They always sat together and there was rarely any chatter between the two. Ohm brings a sketch book with him every one of these days and his book was almost filled to the brim with sketches of Luke. 

He would always bite on the eraser part of the pencil as he tried to get an idea of something to draw but everyday he chose to draw the same thing. Luke. He thought the way he snored quietly, the way his hair would slightly fall from its fixed state into his face itching his nose making his face twitch, and all these things he did when he slept. He thought they were all so. Adorable. 

He looked so peaceful and happy. He just wished he would sit somewhere else so he could get a better look at him to draw him. he didn’t mind the neck pain it caused for him to look down over at him then at his sketchbook. It was a sacrifice to draw what he wanted to draw. Ohm hums slightly as he taps his chin with the pencil. continuing the piece he was creating. 

He was so into it he didn’t even notice the fact that his live action model he had been drawing was now moving and awake. Well he didn’t move really. He was awake though. Luke blinked his eyes as they adjusted to the sudden rush of them being open. Then he looked at what Ohm was drawing and a smile spread across his face. His head still on Ohms shoulder but he didn’t mind if it meant he could watch him complete this piece of yours truly (himself). 

Ohm tapped his leg vigorously as he concentrated and Luke thought it was so cute when the skin above Ohms nose scrunched up when he was concentrated. Luke had been staring at the drawing awhile now and it amazed him what Ohms hands could do. Damb. He wishes he was that skilled with his hands and mind to create art. Then he got lost staring at Ohms face as he concentrated. Luke could feel his heart rate slightly elevate as Ohm then stares back at him and they lock eyes. 

“Y-.. You.. Saw my drawing didn’t you?”
That was the only thing he cared about? Not the fact that he caught him staring at him. Or not the fact that he was still leaned on his shoulder even though he was obviously awake. Or.. The fact that he really wanted to kiss him right now..

Wait.. He really wanted to kiss him right now. “Yeah I saw it. Thanks for drawing me you are really fucking good like damn Ryan I had no idea!” Luke sent Ohm that signature smug grin that showed how confident he was in what he was saying. Ohm always thought that grin was.. So.. Cute. 

Smug or not Luke was definitely far from ugly. Luke then leans off Ohm and he wraps and arm around his shoulder. This makes Ohms face ignite. “W-.. Wait what are you doing?”

“I am pulling the move~ The signature move all guys pull in cheesy romance movies.. What is it not fucking working? DAMN I knew you can’t believe everything on TV.” 

Ohm just laughs at that as he closes his sketchbook, “I never said it wasn’t working”. Luke smirks at that as he gets really close an personal to Ohm.

“Then I think the characters kiss after that. At least that is how the TV shows it.” 

He was being so smug. And so cheesy. But Ohm was eating up every second of it. Ohm kissed Luke’s cheek leaving him hanging as their subway finally came to a stop. “Well I guess this is where we slit our ways. Night Luke~” 

Luke was not having any of this. 

“I am pretty sure that in the movies the guy fucking STAYS THE NIGHT OVER ARE YOU FUCKING LISTENING?” 

“Oh yeah I am hearing every word.”




Had to draw my gorgeous roommate in an action/starwars-esque scene! Hope you enjoy it!!


Peter Pan

51 in x of animated feature film history
Release: Feb. 5th, 1953
Country: USA
Director: Clyde Geromini, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske

“Peter Pan, one of Walt Disney’s favorite stories, is based on the 1904 play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up by J. M. Barrie. Peter Pan is the final Disney animated feature released through RKO before Walt Disney’s founding of his own distribution company, Buena Vista Distribution, later in 1953 after the film was released. Peter Pan is also the final Disney film in which all nine members of Disney’s Nine Old Men worked together as directing animators. 

The film begins in the London nursery of Wendy, John, and Michael Darling, where the three children are visited by Peter Pan. With the help of his tiny friend, the fairy Tinkerbell, Peter takes the three children on a magical flight to Never Land. This enchanted island is home to Peter, Tink, the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily and her Native American nation, and the scheming Captain Hook who is as intent on defeating Peter Pan as he is from escaping a tick-tocking crocodile.

Peter Pan was originally intended to be Disney’s second film after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. However he could not get the rights until four years later, after he came to an arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, to whom Barrie had bequeathed the rights to the play. The studio started the story development and character designs in the late 1930s and early 1940s, and intended it to be his fourth film, after Snow White, Bambi and Pinocchio.

During this time Disney explored many possibilities of how the story could be interpreted. In the earliest version of the story, the film started by telling Peter Pan’s back story. Walt also explored opening the film in Neverland and Peter Pan coming to Wendy’s house to kidnap her as a mother for the Lost Boys. Eventually, Disney decided that the kidnapping was too dark. In another version of the film, Nana went to Neverland with Pan and the Darling children, and the story was told through her eyes. In other interpretations of the story John Darling was left behind for being too serious, practical and boring.

It was not until 1947, as the studio’s financial health started to improve again after WWII, that the actual production of Peter Pan commenced, even though Roy O. Disney did not think that Peter Pan would have much box office appeal.\

Milt Kahl, the supervising animator of Peter Pan and The Darling Children, claimed that the hardest thing to animate was a character floating in mid air.

Rumor has it that Tinker Bell’s design was based on Marilyn Monroe, but in reality her design was based on Tinker Bell’s live-action reference model, Margaret Kerry. Margaret Kerry posed for reference film shots on a sound stage; the footage was later used by supervising Tinker Bell animator Marc Davis and his team when they drew the character. Like Kerry, Bobby Driscoll was both the live-action reference model, mainly used for the close-up scenes, and the voice actor for Peter Pan. Peter’s flying and action reference shots, however, were provided by dancer and choreographer Roland Dupree. Similarly, Hans Conried, the voice of both Captain Hook and Mr. Darling, also performed the live-action reference footage for those characters (it was one of the few elements left over from the play, that Hook and Mr. Darling were played by the same actor). 

The film was a commercial success and was also the highest-grossing film of 1953. In 1955, it was reported that the film had earned $7 million against its budget of $4 million. Peter Pan was praised by most critics during its initial release. The New York Times gave the film a mixed review, praising the animation itself, but also declaring that the film was not really true to the spirit of the original Barrie play. Walt Disney himself was dissatisfied with the finished product, feeling that the character of Peter Pan was cold and unlikable. However, experts on J.M. Barrie praise this as a success, as they insist that Pan was originally written to be a heartless sociopath.

Peter Pan has been seen as racist in recent years due to the way Disney portrayed the Native American “Indians” in the film. They are displayed as wild, savage, violent and speak in a stereotypical way. These stereotypes are present in J. M. Barrie’s play. Marc Davis, one of the supervising animators of the film, said in an interview years after the production that ‘I’m not sure we would have done the Indians if we were making this movie now. And if we had we wouldn’t do them the way we did back then.’”


Same Voice, Different Disney Characters

When Walt Disney was alive, many of his animated films (and some released after his death) featured different characters with the same voice actors. Some of these included Eleanor Audley (who voiced Lady Tremaine and Maleficent), Sterling Halloway (whose character voices included Adult Flower, Cheshire Cat, Kaa, and Winnie the Pooh), and Verna Felton (who voiced the Fairy Godmother, the Queen of Hearts, and Flora).

Among my most favorites is Kathryn Beaumont, who was one of the few child voice actors to voice characters who were also children. She is best remembered for voicing two female protagonists: the titular Alice of Alice in Wonderland and Wendy Darling in Peter Pan. Not only did she perform their voices, but she played both characters as a live action reference model for the animators in the two films. Because they share the same voice actress and model, Alice and Wendy also have extremely similar facial features, including blue eyes. Besides that, these two heroines share some other things in common:

  • Both live in England
  • Both wear blue clothing (although Alice wears an actual dress, while Wendy wears a nightgown)
  • Both are preteens (Alice is ten, Wendy is twelve)
  • Both are very imaginative and adventurous
  • Both have a pet (Alice has her cat, Dinah, Wendy has her dog, Nana)
  • Both interact with characters voiced by Heather Angel and Bill Thompson (Angel voices Alice’s sister and Wendy’s mother, Thompson voices the White Rabbit and Mr. Smee)
  • Both of them also wake up from what seems like a dream of their respective fantasy worlds, both of which also end in “land” (although it is made very clear that Alice’s adventures were just a dream, while it doesn’t appear so much that way for Wendy)

Another connection made between the two films is one of the songs. The opening song in Peter Pan, “The Second Star to the Right,” actually contains the recycled melody of a deleted song from Alice in Wonderland, known as “Beyond the Laughing Sky.”


Was anyone aware that Disney did this. Long before computer animation Disney animators had Live Action Reference Models they had them play out entire scenes and they would study them to animate. They did this with the little mermaid and most of Ariels mannerisms are those of the actresses.