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Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes Volume 1 by Don Hahn, Walt Stanchfield

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140 Common vs. Uncommon Gestures

My apologies to Ron Westlund for changing his name to Westwood in the last two “handouts.” When my mind wanders it sometimes takes some strange byways. Years ago I did a paper with illustrations of Medusa, calling her Cruella deVil. That paper has been Xeroxed by numerous people in the business and sent to many parts of the world — too late to retract that one.

At times I may seem to get too involved in subtle and uncommon gestures. I defend the habit with the argument that you are doing uncommon films. If you were working on Bugs Bunny or the Road Runner, or heaven forbid, limited animation, you might get away with about a dozen common gestures: mad, surprised, scheming, a squash or stretch, anticipations, some ...

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