Actress Helene Stanley devised a light step dance for Merryweather cleaning the house with magic in Sleeping Beauty. Later work on the sequence determined that the action would be better seen in front view, which was no problem once the action was understood by the animator.
- First a drawing was made over the photostats, tracing action the animator wanted to retain, emphasizing points that made the movement unique, and noting the relationships and timing of the parts.
- Setting the photostats aside, the animator worked from his own drawings to capture the same action in the proportions of his cartoon character, who, at this point, was turned around to face the camera.
- Using this second set of roughs as he would on any scene, he proceeded to animate normally. Occasionally he referred back to the photostats one more time for some fine point that did not seem to be working or to solve a difficult drawing problem within an action. After all, that is what a model is for.
—Frank Thomas, The Illusion of Life