Please note: if an earlier link doesn't work, it may have changed following an update! Check the Category Labels in the side-bar on the right! There you can find animator drafts for sixteen complete Disney features and eighty-six shorts,
as well as Action Analysis Classes and many other vintage animation documents!

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Prod. UM7 - Building a Building

My all-time favorite film! The relation between Mickey and Minnie is heart-felt and sweet, especially in Dick Lundy's interchange "Box lunch - buy a box-lunch" "Haven't got any money!" "That's allright - try one!" The animators are basically the "standard group" that can be seen on the photo below. At this time, the idea of character casting was still new. It has become apparent for me that previously, scenes were dealt out based on availability of the artists, which possibly still was true in part here - my guess is Les Clark got the last scene because he was done with the first scene with the cart when the others were nearly done with all the other scenes - who knows. Ben Sharpsteen has a lot of scenes - but he may also here have had many assistants/junior animators under him...
This film was, as we have seen previously, used as an example of what was done right. Warmth, charm and humor. And it can be seen on the first Mickey Mouse in Black and White Treasures DVD...

Directed by Dave Hand, released Jan 7th, 1933 (same date as written on the draft).
By all means feel free to comment! And have you seen the intro to our showreel yet?

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Anonymous Michael Sporn says...

This was one of the first 8mm films I owned when I was 12. I rigged my projector to play one frame at a time and studied this film over and over. It certainly is one of the best Mickey's ever done. Thanks for posting the drafts.

Monday, July 31, 2006 at 5:49:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous David Gerstein says...

Three cheers for -- to the best of my knowledge -- the first cartoon in which an anvil falls on someone's head. Good old Pegleg Pete, always a trailblazer (ouch!).

Friday, August 4, 2006 at 4:50:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Stephen Worth says...

Clark gets the two long personality scenes in this cartoon. If you look at the acting in these scenes, you can clearly see Walt acting out both of them underneath the mouse skin. Those are the sorts of scenes that Clark excelled at. He's definitely the most underrated of the nine old men.

See ya

Monday, August 21, 2006 at 9:20:00 PM PDT  

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