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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Prod. UM32 - Band Concert

The first Mickey Mouse cartoon in color (and available on the Treasures DVD MM in Living Color Vol.1), animation on this short, directed by Wilfred Jackson, was begun 9/17/1934. This draft 12/7/1934, release 2/23/1935.
Layout by Hugh Hennessy and Terrell Stapp, with music score and adaptation by Leigh Harline.
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Returned from Oakland. The exhibition was interesting, with the original World's Fair Lincoln AA figure as an amazing highlight. And it was amazing to finally see Herb Ryman's original sketch for the Disneyland investors - it is HUGE! Still, it in itself wasn't worth the trip. But I am very glad I did it! And now I'm in Glendale...

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9 Comments:

Anonymous the spectre says...

There seems to have been a problem with uploading those...

Friday, August 25, 2006 at 2:57:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Michael Sporn says...

This short was always a huge influence on me. It's one of my favorite Mickeys.
On Raggedy Ann, Richard Williams found a Xerographic process which would allow you to blow up any frame of a 16mm high contrast film. We got them to try it with my 16mm print of this film, and it worked well.
Eventually, he decided to rotoscope a short sequence with the tornado (it was too obvious; we had to do it) and use it in Raggedy Ann as a lark.
Just as great - in a different way - is the last B&W short, Mickey's Service Station.

Friday, August 25, 2006 at 5:10:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

'the spectre': It should be ok now. We are in the middle of moving our files to a new web server, so glitches can occur, but I try to keep an eye on them.

Michael: interesting story! I never got to see Raggedy Ann, though I looked forward to it after reading John Canemaker's book on it.
I just never came across the film...
By the way, the last short in B&W was Mickey's Kangaroo (4/13/1935). I also always thought it was Mickey's Service Station (3/16/1935), which is one of my favorites, too...

Friday, August 25, 2006 at 9:19:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous the spectre says...

Nope, they still come up as "404 Not Found" - same with Donald's
Lucky Day...

Saturday, August 26, 2006 at 1:20:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

'the spectre': strange - it looks fine from where I am, and I am outside the company intranet... Any others with the same problem?

Saturday, August 26, 2006 at 1:26:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Michael Sporn says...

Hi. All the pages for this and Donald's Lucky Day aren't coming up with images. The links seem not to be working properly.

Saturday, August 26, 2006 at 7:20:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Ok, NOW it should work... Sorry about that, but as I said, we are in the middle of changing machines...

Saturday, August 26, 2006 at 4:52:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous the spectre says...

Watching "The Band Concert" while looking at the draft...

The animators don't seem sure whether the black dots on Mickey's face are his eyes or just his pupils, with the entire top of his face being his eyes... it's inconsistent even within scenes done by the same animator.

"The bird", according to this draft, just means a razz. Catstello needn't have worried, I'm sure the Hayes office would allow that. :) I was quite amused to see the phrase "like hell" in the draft as well!

"D. Williams" = Don Williams, while "Roy" = Roy Williams? The Encyclopedia of Disney Animated Shorts lists Roy and Dick Williams, though.

Interesting character designations - Horace and Clarabelle are identified by name, while Goofy (or Dippy as he used to be) is just "licorice stick player". The species of most musicians aren't really mentioned, with the exception of the "Pig player" near the end.

Interesting how Horace is animated by Jack Kinney who would later go on to be associated with Goofy - the characters look quite similar, and seem fairly interchangeable around this point when Goofy hasn't much personality besides "stuff goes wrong for him" which applies to just about everyone here...

Saturday, October 14, 2006 at 3:26:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

Funny to see Cy Young handeling the character animation as well as the effects animation.

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 9:52:00 AM PDT  

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