waltpixar:101 dalmatians

anonymous asked:

Hello! I'm curious to know if Leslie Howard as Professor Henry Higgins in Pygmalion (1938) was part of the inspiration for the animators who designed the character of Roger Radcliffe in 101 Dalmatians (1961).Thank you for sharing your animation skills & knowledge!

I strongly suspect not – they were designing in the 50s and long before the advent of video would have had to rely on distant memory to do so – but I don’t know, myself, for certain.  The person who might know is Andreas Deja (andreasdeja.blogspot.com) but I don’t know if he responds to questions.  I believe there is a comprehensive art book for 101 Dalamtians out there, but if they did consciously use Leslie Howard as a jumping-off place, they wouldn’t say so, for legal reasons.

My personal suspicion is that he’s an evolution of some Ronald Searle sketch somewhere, as that’s what they leaned on very heavily for just about everything in that film.

“When Mr. Disney first planned One Hundred and One Dalmatians, he called me to the Studio to read for the role of Cruella de Vil. As I was sitting with him at a table at the studio, he was reading the role of Anita and I was trying very hard to be Cruella de Vil. But I knew it wasn’t working because I was too young and it wasn’t right. As I heard him read the role of Anita, I knew that I was right for Anita, but how could I possibly tell the great Walt Disney that he had brought me in and had made a mistake?!

“So, I became brave enough to tell him and I said, ‘Excuse me, sir. Would you mind if I try to read the role of Anita? I’m much more Anita than I am Cruella.’ And he said, ‘Let’s try that!’ So, we reversed the roles. He read Cruella and I read Anita, and indeed I was Anita. And I still feel like Anita all these many years later!”

– Lisa Davis, the voice of Anita Radcliff from Disney’s 101 Dalmatians