From Aurora to Maleficent, Marc Davis Designed a Host of Disney’s Most Beloved Characters

Marc Davis

Known as one of Disney’s “Nine Old Men” of core animators, artist and Imagineer Marc Davis was born on this day March 30, 1913 in Bakersfield, CA.

With vivacious character illustrations, Davis inserted his humor in several Disney park attractions and designed many of Disney’s most beloved characters, including Snow White, Bambi, Thumper, Flower, Mr. Toad, Cinderella and her Stepsisters, Prince Charming, Alice, Tinker Bell, Aurora, Maleficent, and Cruella de Vil.

Jungle Cruise Elephant Pool | Marc Davis

“Marc can do story, he can do character, he can animate, he can design shows for me. All I have to do is tell him what I want and it’s there! He’s my Renaissance man.”

-Walt Disney
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