Kida Nedakh from Atlantis: The Lost Empire
So this little girl at Magic Kingdom the other day was scared of Naveen and only wanted to meet Princess Tiana. So Prince Naveen decided that he was gonna hide in the bushes while Tiana brought the girl over to the canopy to talk to her. I was too busy watching Naveen’s hilarious handsome self derp around in the bushes then all of a sudden he shouts out “Hey Tiana! Look, I’m a tree frog!”
Disney’s The Jungle Book cast so far: Neel Sethi as Mowgli, Ben Kingsley as the voice of Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of Rakcha, Scarlett Johansson as the voice of Kaa and Idris Elba as the voice of Shere Khan (x x x x)
And not only is the cast amazing, but the film is going to be a mixture of live-action and animation (a-la Mary Poppins). Neel Seth (Mowgli),is going to be the only live-action actor and everyone else’s characters will be animated AND I COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED.
Can I just go home?
A graceful young girl twirls across the screen, and movie magic is born. The girl on the screen is Snow White, and the movie in which she appears, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” will make screen history – Disney’s first full-length animated feature, a box-office phenomenon, and proof that animation could also be great art.
But behind the fictional dancing princess was a very real girl. Marge Champion was only 13 when she was interviewed to become the live-action model for Disney’s first Princess, dancing and acting on film so that the animators could study her movements and make Snow White seem as real as possible on-screen. we sat down and spoke with Marge Champion about modeling Snow White, working with Walt Disney, and coming of age at the Walt Disney Studios. Below, in her own words, is what she told us:
”My father was Ernest Belcher, the dean of the West Coast dancing masters. A representative of Disney came to my father’s dance school and picked three of us out of the class to go to the Disney Studio to be interviewed. I was 13 when they interviewed me, and at the end of junior high school. I didn’t hear from them all summer and I had totally forgotten about the interview – then suddenly, in September, when I was 14, I got a call asking me to come to the Studio, because they wanted to fit me into a mock-up of the Snow White costume. I had started high school, so being able to get out a day or two every month and go over to Disney was really a hoot!
"Because cartoon characters have a large head in proportion to their bodies, they had this football helmet with a couple of holes punctured into it and her black hair painted on it for me to wear. By noon, I was practically fainting under those lights with this helmet on and it also inhibited my movement a great deal. So they finally took that off and just put a ribbon around my hair.
"They took motion pictures of me and showed me the sections I was going to do. I continued for over a year and a half, going to the Studio a couple of days a month and working on ‘Snow White.’ By the time I was 15, they were nearly through. We had Louis Hightower as the Prince, we had Paul Godkin as the Wicked Witch, and a lot of dancers, because only dancers with proper training could really move correctly. They even put me in a big floppy coat, and I did a bunch of stuff for Dopey.
"Everybody thought [the idea of a full-length animated movie] was crazy! But they were in love with it, and so was I – I was brought up on ‘Three Little Pigs’ and Mickey Mouse. We just had no idea the success that ‘Snow White’ would have.
"I went on and did the Blue Fairy in ‘Pinocchio’ and the hippopotamus in ‘Fantasia’s Dance of the Hours.’ That was a whole different job – really I was doing the choreography, because they had other models more appropriately sized to actually portray the hippo.
"I can see all of my movements in the character of Snow White! That was the way I moved and the way I danced. The interesting part is, when they first showed me the storyboards, Snow White looked a little more like Betty Boop – little tiny waist and big round eyes with eyelashes. And, by the time they started drawing me, the eyes had become almond-shaped. The hair was not my color, because I was sort of ash-blonde – but everything else, the nose and particularly the waistline, is like me. She was a much more real human character when they finished than she was originally imagined.
"Walt Disney saw me a great deal, and he was very protective of me – I called him Uncle Walt. His daughter Diane had studied for two months with my father. He was a very proper gentleman. I don’t remember him coming down to the set very much – I think he viewed all the film, every single day, and would make suggestions to the directors.
"My father let me work for Disney because it was a very safe place for me in show business. I got a little Model A Ford by the time I was 15 because you could get a license then if you had been taught to drive. It only went 40 miles an hour, but at least he didn’t have to drive me out to the Hyperion Studios every time they wanted me.
"I think working with Disney gave me a great deal of self-confidence that I probably would not have had. I went to New York when I was 18. It helped me not to feel embarrassed if I was asked to do something eccentric or rather over the top.
"I’m still in touch with the people who are left – there aren’t many. It’s been an extraordinary event in my life, being in movies and television and all the things that I’ve done, and it really all stemmed out of my beginnings and training at Disney Studios."
"We have to go on that one next, we have to!!”
"We’ll go wherever, so long as you don’t make me fall over before we get there!"
Some Disney AU fun! I got inspired after Bri posted her fic, and wanted to try something a little more humorous than the usual stuff I put out.
Anna convinced him to win her a plush earlier in the day, so they have to carry it around, she’s started pinning all sorts of buttons onto his bag and actually managed to plaster a temporary tattoo on his cheek. He wouldn’t budge about the Mickey ears though. But he has to carry the balloons.
I’ve successfully recreated Merida’s beautiful doodle of Elinor (◠ω◕✿)
We asked this to be on a tshirt
when they say youre too old for disney
The hop, I can’t. I cackled.
BUT DID YOU NOTICE AURORA
Aladdin and Jasmine — Aladdin’s Oasis [x]
Can we just talk about how CUTE this show was for a second? I mean really, though. Everyone is so on point in this video!
Pixar can never top this.