Milt Kahl

Milton Erwin Kahl was an animator for the Disney studio, and one of Disney's Nine Old Men. Kahl is often considered the finest draughtsman of the Disney animators.

Below this text, there's a list of the Pencil Test stage characters created by Milt Kahl. That's a good way to start learning the basics of animation and drawing.

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Died 1987

The extraordinary draftsmanship of Milt Kahl was recognized early in his Disney career. Fellow animator and Disney Legend Ollie Johnston recalled during the making of "Pinocchio" how a senior animator at the time responded to Milt's drawings. Ollie said, "One morning Freddie Moore burst into my room saying, 'Hey, you ought to see the drawings [of Pinocchio] this guy Milt Kahl is doing.'" Walt Disney recognized Milt's talent, as well, and named him supervising animator over the artists, who brought Pinocchio to life. San Francisco

Years later, when "The Sword in the Stone" director Woolie Reitherman saw Milt's first rough drawings of Merlin the magician and Madame Medusa, he reportedly turned to Milt and said, "These things look so beautiful, they could hang in a museum" to which, Milt responded with a characteristic "Aw...You're full of it!" 

Because Milt was so good at his craft, he was often assigned the toughest of Disney tasks: animating human characters, such as Peter Pan, Alice of "Alice in Wonderland" and the Prince in "Sleeping Beauty." He was just as adept at animating animal characters, as well, including Bambi, the snooty Llama in "Saludos Amigos," and Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and Brer Bear in "Song of the South." 

Source: Disney Insider

Watch the Worst Milt Kahl Interview Ever

Imagine that you could interview Milt Kahl at the height of his powers and ask him anything you wanted. That’s the opportunity a little old lady in Dallas got in 1973. Andreas Deja recently posted the segment on his goodie-filled blog, and even by the low standards of local television, it’s a disaster.

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Milt Kahl on Peter Pan