So with the final push of my Character Design mentorship, I am creating an animation pitch bible for a series (working) titled Strange Daughters and Curious Crones. After doing some research I found an interesting thread throughout some of the stories I am the most curious about: naive girls overcoming terrible obstacles, wild women and old crones of power and magic, and uncertain lines between villains and heroes. I’m inspired by the tales in the book, Women Who Run With Wolves – Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype. Everything about this concept excites me. If you are interested in reading it, you can see the PDF here.
With that said, I’m going with the story of Baba Yaga and Vasalisa the Beautiful, a traditional Russian tale, to start down this path of strange daughters and curious crones. The story can be found here.
Baba Yaga Grocery List
Main Characters :
Baba Yaga – Long nose “touches the ceiling when she sleeps”, skinny, over the top features, should evoke disgust with a hint of uncertainty, large and intimidating, naked with hair for clothing?, Nature/tree crone symbol of power
Vasalisa – beautiful, main heroine, long hair, possibly up or in loose braid/s, clothing is rags, but with movement and flutter, Russian old world inspired
The Doll – wooden, possibly “Russian nesting doll” inspired (flowers, head scarf), baby size (not pocket size), comic relief, symbolizes Vasalisa’s intuition
Side Characters (order of importance for completion):
6 Step mother
3 Step sister 1
5 Step sister 2
1 White Knight w/horse
4 Red Knight w/horse
7 Black Knight w/horse
Baba Yaga Hut Interior
Baba Yaga Hut Exterior (possible character?)
Step Mother Home Interior
Starting things off with some Baba Yaga silhouette and loose line exploration.