Alice Davis speaking about her husband, Marc, and his skill at conveying personality through animation and drawing: "People would ask him how could he do funny things when he was such a gentleman and he said: “it takes a serious person to be funny!” He would study everything, he would study movements. In his class, he would explain things like “how could you tell the age of a man on how he takes his hat off?” Everybody was kind of stunned. He said: “when a young man takes his hat off, he takes it off from the front and lifts it up in the air like ‘whoopee!’. When an old man holds on the back of it.” He would watch people going down the street and when he got home he would do some drawings in his sketchbook. These are all things that all animators should know so when they go to animate something, they know exactly how these people would react to the situation or in the conversation with someone else. Like the sisters tearing off Cinderella’ clothes that the mice had made for her, and breaking the beads and so on. Marc had to do all the characters together to do that scene because they were also close together, there was no way anybody else could do the drawings. So, he would get those kinds of things to do, too, because he knew exactly how to make them work together.
He would do a great deal of research and study, and then he would sit down and draw. He always did research on things first. He was constantly drawing. He designed a lot of costumes for different things at Disney. He designed all the costumes for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea except for the dining suit but he didn’t get screen credit for it. The art director took it! He didn’t mind because he knew who did it. He knew that they were his. He always wanted to do a live-action film but never got the chance. He was constantly drawing. He had a sketchbook with him most of the time. Anything he saw that was interesting or different he would draw. He would come home from work at night and sit down in front of the television and go through the television log and found out that there was a ballet or a football game or a fashion show, anything like that. He would sit and draw that all night. And he also did fine art on weekends or in the evenings when had chance to get home early enough to be able to paint for a while.”