Monday, April 2, 2012

They Made the Magic: Marc Davis


One of Disney's nine old men, Marc Davis's 34 year Disney career was impressive.  He was born March 30, 1913 in Bakersfield, California but he moved around a lot as a child eventually returning to California during the depression.  Walt once referred to him as a renaissance man.  He joined Disney in 1935 and was assigned as assistant to Grim Natwick to animate Snow White.  Natwick called Davis "an expert animator even at that young age."  Davis said the first thing he can really take credit for the model sheets for Snow White in her ragged costume wearing Dutch wooden shoes and did some work on the dance scene.  Davis went down to the Carthay Circle theater the night of the premiere but tickets were too expensive and it was too cold, so he left.  Joe Grant asked Davis to joining the model department but he went onto story and character development on Bambi.  Davis was responsible for many classic characters: Flower, Maleficent, Cruella De Vil, and Thinker Bell.  After completing 101 Dalmations he joined WED to work on the 1964 World's Fair, and the theme parks attractions: Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, The Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, It's a Small World, America Sings, and the Country Bear Jamboree.  Davis has a window in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.  He retired in 1978, became a Disney legend in 1989, and died in 2000.
For more information see the 50 most influential Disney artists blog.  Beginning in 1994 Marc Davis Lectures have been held in the field of animation.

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