Marc Davis Tribute

Walt Disney Family Museum Honors the "Renaissance Man"

From the MorTown Magic Archive

From the MorTown Magic Archive

Today, the Walt Disney Family Museum presented to a sold out “Marc Davis: Walt’s Renaissance Man” – a talk with master animators Andreas Deja and Bob Kurtz. This unique opportunity to explore and appreciate Davis’ pioneering animation techniques, particularly for Disney’s main female villains and characters, coincides with “Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis” – an exhibition of his work found at the Family Museum. For those who have not yet attended the DFM (first, shame on you), it’s a must-see while in the San Francisco Bay Area. The history, relics, stories and rich presentations are exquisitely captured for both children and adults. This weekend’s exhibition showcases Marc Davis and his contributions and creations.

One of Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men, Davis was truly a creative genius and one of the most influential animators and Imagineers – leaving an indelible mark on Disney history both in theaters and on attractions. His most notable work included his work on Bambi, Song of the South, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Tinker Bell. During the development of Disneyland itself and later attractions, Davis’ fingerprints can be seen to this day on the most popular sites in the park, including the Jungle Cruise, Haunted Mansion, the Enchanted Tiki Room and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Whether a hardcore Disney fanatic or someone with only a passing interest, it’s nearly impossible not to recognize Davis’ self-taught ability to infuse humor, humanity and pure evil into characters, be it Maleficent, Cruella de Ville or audio-animatronic pirates.

In 1989, he was named a Disney Legend. He was also the recipient of the much coveted “Mousecar.” Davis passed away in January 2000, the same month that the Marc Fraser Davis Scholarship Fund formally was established at the California Institute of the Arts.