Photos: Top Left – Marc Davis sketches show scenes for Pirates of the Caribbean. Top Right – Marc Davis, Walt Disney and fellow Disney Legend Mary Blair join creative forces on It’s a Small World. Bottom Left – Marc Davis’ original drawing for the iconic show finale of Pirates of the Caribbean. Bottom Right – Marc’s office at the Walt Disney Studios. *Photos courtesy of The Walt Disney Company and the estate of Marc Davis.
1. Artistic Training Kansas City Art Institute
2. A Start At Disney Marc Davis’ start at Disney came in 1935 when he joined the Studio as an apprentice animator for Snow white and the Seven Dwarfs. He then moved on to sketch and story design for Bambi. His story drawings were among the finest studies of animal character ever created at the Disney Studio.
3. Widely Recognized For The creation of some of Disney’s most memorable animated women including Tinker Bell, Cinderella, Maleficent and Cruella De Vil. Marc said ” Each of my women characters has her own style, I love them all in different ways.”
4. Disney Legacy Animator, Artist and Imagineer. Developed story and character concepts for five of the most beloved Disneyland attractions – The Enchanted Tiki Room, It’s a Small World, Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion. Contributed expertise in the development of the original and unparalleled EPCOT Center and Tokyo Disneyland.
5. Becoming A Disney Legend Marc Davis was inducted as a Disney Legend in 1989.