I just watched something I’ve been wanting to see forever, The Making of Aladdin: A Whole New World hosted byÂ Â John Rhys-Davies. True parts of it did make it to the 2004 SE DVD and yes the animators do tell the same as they’ve done in the Making of book and again in interviews. But this making of documtentryÂ took me backÂ 16 years ago when Aladdin was the latested and greatest the Disney animation studios pulled out of theirÂ pencils.Â
Browsing the LiveJournal community d_villains lead me to a Wiggins community, Governor Ratcliffe’s attended in Pocahontas, there I found hilarious fan art that I’ll save for another day.
But that video clip did make me ask myself who animated Wiggins and Ratcliffe. At first I thought it was Andreas who drew Ratcliffe, obvious because he did almost all the 90’s villains but IMDB told me it was Duncan Marjoribanks, supervisor animator of Abu, who did the Governor. Wiggins is done by Chris Buck who was not involved in Aladdin but is Disney veteran.
His last project was Home on the Range according to IMDB but another source mentioned him involving Meet the Robinsons. It seems, at least for now, this was Duncan last project at Disney. He has not credited for The Princess and the Frog but that might chance considering the Animation Department section has only 14 names and that is not much for a feature film. Duncan Marjoribanks could very well in involved in Rapunzel, just 5 names on Animation.
A Google blog search brought the BlogSpot hosted Blue Sky Disney containing sketches by Disney’s finest, Glen Keane, Andreas Deja, Mark Henn, Eric Goldberg, David Pruiksma and Duncan Marjoribanks.
I realize that some look like standard artwork you’ve seen as clipart of coloring pages but I recall seeing Jasmine lying down and the Sultan sketch on the DVD art gallery or one of the making of features. Notice that close up sketch of Jasmine is the same Mark Henn’s sister has in her living room.