This is No Face. Actually, this is the mask No Face always wears. He always wears a mask because, well, he’s got no face. Without his mask, he’s a barely-there amorphous black spirit.
Choosing my favorite Disney character was a difficult one; there are so many fantastic animated Disney characters (Wall-E, Stitch…), lots of great live-action flicks, not to mention some incredible stop-motion efforts like Nightmare Before Christmas and James & The Giant Peach.
I chose to stretch the definition a bit. Disney didn’t create No Face, or any of the other characters in Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away (Wikipedia, IMDB), the 2001 award-winner that was the first film to gross $200 million worldwide before coming to the U.S., and the highest-grossing film in Japanese box-office history. Ever.
But Disney is responsible for bringing it to American audiences, and I’m thankful they did. Spirited Away is the tale of a young girl, Chihiro, who becomes trapped in a fantastical and beautifully illustrated spirit world, trying to save her transformed parents. No Face is more of an ancillary character – a pity-inspiring outcast, he develops a fascination with Chihiro and begins misguidedly trying to win her affections.
I picked this film, and this character in particular, because I want to strongly encourage you to watch it (assuming you haven’t) – it makes a great family film, and it’s very hard for me to imagine you being sorry you saw it.
The drawing itself is Sharpie for the blackest parts, 6B pencil for the other blacks, and watercolor for the purple highlights.
And, if you’re interested, here’s a video of Mythbusters’ Adam Savage showing off his No Face costume for Comic Con.