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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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34 The Seriousness of Head Sketching/A New Phrase: “Body Syntax”

Try to keep from getting too serious while head sketching. After all, you are in the cartoon business and most of the Disney characters are somewhat comical, and if not comical, then at least they are caricatures of serious beings. Usually when a person takes himself too seriously he is in our eyes a “comedian.” He is ripe for caricature. So if cartoons are not somewhat caricatures of reality they may be taken too seriously and lose that special spark of humor. Very few, if any, of the animators I’ve known found drawing easy. One of Ollie Johnston’s sayings, “It ain’t easy,” became a studio quip. Drawing funny cartoons was and is a serious business. It seems like the funniest scenes ...

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