Featured Trivia is an ongoing feature at The Animation Archives where we reveal an interesting fact about a certain animation.
Princess Mononoke; 1997
In Japanese mythology, no matter the sex, dogs/wolves are always male voiced while cats are always female voiced. For this reason Moro the mother wolf is voiced by Akihiro Miwa whose casting was perhaps an inside joke about his career due to the fact that Miwa made a living as a female impersonator. Gillian Anderson provided the voice of Moro in the English version of the film.
Featured Trivia is an ongoing feature at The Animation Archives where we reveal an interesting fact about a certain animation. Today’s featured trivia is Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; 1937
Legendary stage actress Lucille La Verne provided both the voice for the Queen and the Witch and Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. During a recording session the animators had told Lucille that her voice for the Witch had to be far more older and raspier than what she had provided for the Queen. Lucille left the recording both and returned a few minutes later to give them exactly what they asked for. The animators, amazed, asked Lucille how she had done it so perfectly, to which she simply replied. “Oh, I just took my teeth out!”
Production art for Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
These images feature the Evil Queen drawn on animation paper. Drawings like these were often used as a reference quide for the inkers and colorists who would place a cel over the pencil drawing and trace it for inking. You can see the green guideline in the sketch, which provides information for the painter about where shadows/highlights would appear. The “x” always means that that area should be completely colored in black, unless another color is stated.