There's no denying that the Disney animators are masters at their craft, but their secret weapon is a lot more run of the mill than you might expect. The humble mirror.
In order to bring characters to life in the most realistic way possible, the animators at Disney used to study their own faces in the mirror while they made a variety of bizarre facial expressions.
Don't believe me? Check out these awesome images of the animators at work in the list below:
I can't quite see who this dude is drawing, but with an expression as tortured as that, surely it has to be Eeyore?!
You can almost see those bloodhound jowels drooping from this animators expressive face!
We Are Siamese if You Please
Well, that explains some things...
Because sometimes even Mickey Mouse puckers up.
Even grumpy old Donald Duck smiles sometimes.
Well, thats not exactly how I imagined the Fairy Godmother looking, but whatever!
Were you surprised to see how Disney animators drew facial expressions?