Tuesday, October 27, 2015


I animated a lot of Ursula in Disney's "The Little Mermaid" (especially at the end of the Poor Unfortunate souls song).  Did this drawing recently for fun. She sure was a great character.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Kathy.
    I've been a fan of yours for many years now! I'm a 34-year old guy from Denmark. My favorite Disney movie is The Little Mermaid. I know you worked on Ursula and Ursula's human disguise of Vanessa in that movie. I have the Disney Book "The Disney Villain" by Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas and in the back of the book it has a list of all the Disney Villains up to Jafar and who was the Supervising Animator and the In-between Animators for each villian.

    It says in the back of the book:

    Ursula: Ruben Aquino, Kathy Zielinski, Dave Cutler, Nik Ranieri, Rob Minkoff & Chris Wahl.

    Vanessa (Ursula as girl): Andreas Deja, Doug Krohn, Mike Cedeno, Chris Bailey & Kathy Zielinski.

    So I was wondering if you could share anything about the creation of Vanessa? Did the directors have a picture of how they wanted her to look? And how many scenes did you do her animation in? Can you share any sketches of Vanessa?