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Guide by PrueFever posted 4 months ago
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The handsome Gaston
The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters: From Mickey Mouse to Hercules by
John Grant

Walt Disney Character Description of Gaston from "Beauty and the Beast" (1991)

Where the Beast is ugy on the outsider but proves to be beautiful within, Gaston is the exact reverse: his devastatingly handsome exterior conceals a vile interior. His supervising animator, Andreas Deja, has recounted how at first he had some difficulty getting to grips with this: his natural inklination was to give Gaston something more of the looks of a villain. Then it was put to him that it was crucial for the movie that Gaston be every bit as good-looking as the Beast is repulsive, and suddenly the character took life: “When I saw the first test reels, I thought, ‘God, I know such people. Los Angeles is full of them.’” But Deja was also concerned that Gaston’s external persona shouldn’t be merely a caricature of the type we all know and loathe: “I wanted Gaston to be a dimensional character that the audience would feel they could reach out and grab.” A futher inspiration was supplied to Deja by Richard White, who was Gaston’s...
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Guide by PrueFever posted 5 months ago
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Lady Tremaine, Cinderella's unspeakable stepmother.
The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters: From Mickey Mouse to Hercules by
John Grant

Walt Disney Character Description of Lady Tremaine from "Cinderella" (1950)

Although she porssesses no known magical powers, it is hard to no see Cinderella's wicked stepmother, Lady Tremaine as anything other than a witch, the counterpart of the Evil Stepmother in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - indeed, she even has a familiar, in the shape of the cat Lucifer. Curiously, she was principally animated by Frank Thomas, much better known for his soft and sentimental scenes and characters, such as the dwarfs crying over Snow White's "dead" body, Pinocchio singing at the marionette theatre, Bambi and Thumper on the ice, Lady and the Tramp eating spaghetti and the three Fairies in Sleeping Beauty (although he also was reponsible for Hook in Peter Pan, too). Certainly she is a denizen of the evil realm, as Thomas A. Nelson points out:
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Guide by PrueFever posted 6 months ago
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Lady was the ideal Christmas present for Darling.
The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters: From Mickey Mouse to Hercules by
John Grant

Walt Disney Character Description of Lady from "Lady and the Tramp" (1955)

The opening sequence in the movie, when Darling opens up a hatbox to discover that the gift which Jim Dear has given her for Christmas is a puppy, Lady, had its origins in an incident in Walt's own life. Many years before he had forgotten about a dinner date with his wife, and some sort of gift by way of a peace-offering was definitely called for - something really special. His solution was to give her a puppy in a hatbox. It worked: she forgave him. It was an event which Walt knew he could someday put to good use in a cartoon.
The model for Lady was a cocker spaniel called Lady which belonged to the animator Hamilton Luske. In reality, however, there are two "Ladies" in the movie - the newborn puppy and the young female dog. Both are evidently the same animal, but the older version has quite definite fremale characteristics while the puppy is, like all puppies, essentially sexless. However, the underlying character - loving, basically trusting,...
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