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Friday, May 25, 2018

Prod. CM-14 - The Delivery Boy

Directed by Burt Gillett, released 6/13/1931.
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Animation by Johnny Cannon, Rudy Zamora, Jack Cutting, Harry Reeves, Norm Ferguson, Frenchy de Trémaudan, Dave Hand, Dick Lundy, George Lane, Tom Palmer, Chuck Couch, Jack King, Hardy Gramatky, Les Clark, Frank Tipper, Bill Mason and Charles Byrne(s). At this time, Burt Gillett's musician was Bert Lewis.

Since Tom McKimson was Fergy's assistant, I surmise that "Tom" and "Palmer" here are the same person. Lane is here misspelled as Lano.

Bill Mason, who seems to have been born in England and died in 1937, is identified by Alberto Becattini, though he doesn't seem to appear in studio records otherwise. Alberto has this info on him: "Animator: DISNEY c31-33 (Silly Symphony 31-32 [The Cat’s Out 31, The Spider and the Fly 31, Babes in the Woods 32]); SCHLESINGER/WARNER BROS. 33 (Buddy 33 [Buddy’s Day Out]); LANTZ 35-37 (Oswald the Rabbit 36-37, Meany Miny and Moe 36-37)"

This is a fun film, and it becomes apparently clear that Jack King ain't no Fergy, whose Pluto scenes are highlights!

It so happens that there are several images that can throw a light on the production of this film, because the new L-shaped building that was finished mid-1931 was taken in use during this time, and it clearly was thought to show off the beautiful new premises! First we have the "Music Room," the director's room:
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We have seen the animators in their room already; here, Johnny Cannon is at a desk that has the layout for scene 27 on its pegs.
Now - this scene was, according to the draft, animated by Rudy Zamora (on the photo to the right of Cannon), so this may indicate that the animators aren't posing at their own desks...
So it seems that the question posed in this image, that I prepared some years ago, might have been the wrong one.
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(Sitting L-to-R: Dave Hand, Johnny Cannon, Rudy Zamora, Les Clark; standing: Walt Disney, Tom Palmer, Ben Sharpsteen).

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Prod. CM13 - The Moose Hunt

Directed by Burt Gillett, music by Bert Lewis, released 5/8/1931.
In other words, I am two days late for its 87th anniversary...
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Animated by Jack King, Dave Hand, Norm Ferguson, Les Clark, Dick Lundy, Tom Palmer and Ben Sharpsteen: the usual suspects.

Yes, this IS the film with Tom Palmer's "Dead dog scene" ending with Pluto saying "Kiss Me!" Since this film was released May 8th, it was likely animated late March-early April 1931. Here is an image of some of the animators in their new building (the L-shaped one) while the film was just released, in May 1931. L-to-R: Dave Hand, Dick Lundy, Norm Ferguson and Les Clark.
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Both Hand and Lundy have their May 1931 calendars prominently placed - thanks, guys! Les Clark has three photos pinned up - two of the building of the building they are in, and one of one of the small Fauchon & Marco advertisement cars parked in front of the billboard across the street...

Added note: we have seen a BG from this film before!

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Thursday, May 03, 2018

Prod. CM12 - The Castaway

Over the coming weeks I intend to post a few more very early Mickey Mouse drafts, especially for my old mentor and friend Børge Ring.

Here is an early draft for this Robinson Crusoe-type Mickey Mouse film directed by my favorite director, Wilfred "Jaxon" Jackson, released through Columbia on 4/6/1931.
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We find as animators: Jaxon himself, Charlie Byrne, Rudy Zamora, Cecil Surrey ("Sizzle"), Johnny Cannon, Gilles Armand "Frenchy" de Trémaudan, Jack Cutting, Les Clark, Dave Hand and Dick Lundy - with Norm Ferguson sharing two scenes with Jack Cutting.

On page 18 in Ross Care's must-have book about Jaxon, one can read how he (Jaxon) asked Walt to "handle" a whole film by himself, with which he meant "animate a whole film." Walt, however, thought he wanted to direct a film, and gave him the assignment of pulling together several previously discarded musical Mickey scenes, having him put them to music by a new composer Walt wanted to try out, Frank Churchill. This eventually became "Shipwrecked Among Animals," later renamed "The Castaway," and resulted in Jaxon "getting stuck" in the role of director.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

52 years ago, today.

For years, my favorite record was "Walt Disney en zijn muziek."
I studied it intensely, and that includes the photo of the founder of the feast, though the record was issued after his passing, with the proceeds of the sales being donated to Cal Arts.
The photo was made for Eastman Kodak, taken on February 23rd, 1966. 52 years ago to the day...

23 Feb 1966← Click to see full image!

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Happy Birthday, Børge!

Today, February 17th -- as it is now in Holland and Denmark --
my old mentor and friend Børge Ring celebrates his 97th birthday!

Last time I visited was in April 2017, when I showed him my CG recreation of Walt Disney's Hyperion Ave. studio in 1929 and 1939. Børge is listening and watching intensely as I explain:
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I hope to soon be able to visit again!
Tillykke med fødselsdagen, ex-B-96!

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Prod. 2057 - Fun and Fancy Free (XXII)
  - Prod. 2048 - Bongo - Seq. 08.0 - Fight & Finale

The final and longest sequence of the draft...
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Directed by Jack Kinney assisted by Ted Sebern.
Layout by Don DaGradi.
This FINAL draft dated 4/11/1947 by Eva Jane "'jane" Sinclair.

Animation by Hal King (supervising animator), Ted Berman, Harry Holt, Ward Kimball (supervising animator), George Goepper, Al Bertino, Harvey Toombs, Phil Duncan, Fred Moore and Ken O'Brien. Effects by Jack Boyd. Jane was a little too quick for scene 19...

"...or is this a dream - too good to be true..." and here we leave Bongo and Fun & Fancy Free. Of course I hope you enjoyed this draft. Again, I need to impress upon you my "standard disclaimer:"

"Animation drafts were never meant to be historical documents. They were meant as go-to documents, showing the responsible artist for a certain scene, who might be able to help in case there would be any need for this further on in the production line. Therefore we often see e.g. that animators who left have been replaced by others, often their assistants, in later versions of a draft. Also for this reason it is most often the actual animator, not the supervising animator, who is mentioned [except here in most of Bongo, of course]. The drafts may also be directly inaccurate - showing early assignments where the animator actually changed when the scene was finally handed out. Keeping all this in mind, though, the drafts can give us some sort of hands-on insight into the inner workings of the production of some of the most iconic motion pictures of all time."

So what's next? And when? To be honest, I don't know yet! I'll let it be a surprise... It'll be for me!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Prod. 2057 - Fun and Fancy Free (XXI)
  - Prod. 2048 - Bongo - Seq. 07.0 - Say It With A Slap

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Directed by Jack Kinney assisted by Ted Sebern.
Layout by Don DaGradi.
This FINAL draft dated 4/11/1947 by Eva Jane "'jane" Sinclair.

Animation by Milt Kahl (supervising animator), Hal Ambro and Hugh Fraser. Effects by Jack Boyd.

Slapstick by Milt Kahl to "Say It with a Slap" by Eliot Daniels. I bet Milt enjoyed the relative freedom and fun that the realistic characters didn't often allow for!

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Prod. 2057 - Fun and Fancy Free (XX)
  - Prod. 2048 - Bongo - Seq. 06.0 - Lumpjaw Entrance

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Directed by Jack Kinney assisted by Ted Sebern.
Layout by Don DaGradi.
This FINAL draft dated 4/11/1947 by Eva Jane "'jane" Sinclair.

Animation by George Goepper, Hal King, Ward Kimball (supervising animator), Harry Holt (clearly misspelled as Hold in sc. 26) and Al Bertino (before he became a story artist and Imagineering legend). Effects by Jack Boyd.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Prod. 2057 - Fun and Fancy Free (XIX)
  - Prod. 2048 - Bongo - Seq. 05.0 - Too Good To Be True (Fantasy)

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Directed by Jack Kinney assisted by Ted Sebern.
Layout by Don DaGradi.
This FINAL draft dated 4/10/1947 by Eva Jane "'jane" Sinclair.

Animation by Les Clark (supervising animator), Ward Kimball, Art Babbitt, Al Coe, Tom Massey, Ted Bonnicksen and George Goepper. Effects by Sandy Strothers.

A fantasy of cupid bears, pink clouds and hearts, set to music by Eliot Daniel and lyrics by Buddy Kaye.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Prod. 2057 - Fun and Fancy Free (XVIII)
  - Prod. 2048 - Bongo - Seq. 04.0 - Bongo Meets Lulubelle

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Directed by Jack Kinney assisted by Ted Sebern.
Layout by Don DaGradi.
This FINAL draft dated 4/10/1947 by Eva Jane "'jane" Sinclair.

Animation by Ward Kimball, Judge Whitaker, Fred Moore, Ken O'Brien and Hal Ambro. Effects by Jack Boyd.

From a sad little number by Kimball (waking up) and Whitaker (uni-cycling) we get to the heart of the sequence, meeting Lulubelle, animated by Moore, interspersed with more action-oriented scenes by O'Brien and Ambro.

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Friday, February 09, 2018

Prod. 2057 - Fun and Fancy Free (XVII)
  - Prod. 2048 - Bongo - Seq. 03.0 - Night

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Directed by Jack Kinney assisted by Ted Sebern.
Layout by Don DaGradi.
This FINAL draft dated 4/9/1947 by Eva Jane "'jane" Sinclair.

Animation by Marc Davis (supervising animator), Henry Tanous and Judge Whitaker. Effects by Jack Boyd and Blaine Gibson.

In the dark, the lazy countryside shows its scary side...

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Thursday, February 08, 2018

Prod. 2057 - Fun and Fancy Free (XVI)
  - Prod. 2048 - Bongo - Seq. 02.0 - Lazy Countryside

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Directed by Jack Kinney assisted by Ted Sebern.
Layout by Don DaGradi.
This FINAL draft dated 4/9/1947 by Eva Jane "'jane" Sinclair.

Animation by Marc Davis, Fred Moore, Phil Duncan, Ken O'Brien, Blaine Gibson and Hal Ambro. Effects by Jack Boyd.

A bunch of very cute Fred Moore scenes of Bongo trying to heed the call of the wild and climb a tree, and a cute and languid song, "Lazy Countryside," with music and lyrics by Bobby Worth.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Prod. 2057 - Fun and Fancy Free (XV)
  - Prod. 2048 - Bongo - Seq. 01.0 - Circus

At last, here is Bongo. May I suggest you read my old mentor Børge Ring's notes on this half of the movie if you haven't already?
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Directed by Jack Kinney assisted by Ted Sebern.
Layout by Don DaGradi.
This FINAL draft dated 4/9/1947 by Eva Jane "'jane" Sinclair.

Animation by Blaine Gibson, Marc Davis, Al Coe, Ted Bonnicksen, Art Babbitt, Tom Massey, Henry Tanous - supervised by Les Clark. Effects by Jack Boyd.

I don't recall other film drafts with indication of supervising animators. How great that would have been...

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