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Friday, February 23, 2007

Prod. 2003 - Seq. 4.2 - Apimyentogogardi!

Between Sequence 3 and 3.1 we find Seq. 4.2, "Marionette Show."
This being a musical number, the sequence director is Wilfred "Jaxon" Jackson, assisted by Lou Debney. Layout by Terrell E. Stapp (1893-1979) and Thor Putnam (starting with a multiplane shot).
Pinoke masterfully animated by Frank Thomas and later Ollie Johnston, Jiminy Cricket by Bernie Wolf, Don Towsley and Ward Kimball, Stromboli by Bill Tytla, Dutch Puppet by Jack Campbell, French puppets by Art Babbitt (the "singer") and Eric Larson (the "dancers"), Russian "Bomb Throwers" by Woolie Reithermann.

As today's special treat, here is the entire Sequence.
Frank's animation in this sequence is some of my all-time favorite, as it is an amazing acting job, a complete analysis of this little shy boy, who happens to be a puppet, being "pushed in the pooblic's eye."
Jiminy Cricket is in a supporting role, cause "What does an actor want with a conscience, anyway!"

On a more technical note, see the background column - and the "choice" of using either a 5 Field or a 6 1/2 Field setup. This indicates which camera stand to use, and dictates the size of the paper. It isn't always that close-ups are 5F... You can see details of the setup in the very third posting I have made (and here), see the archive pages, and the paper and field sizes you can see on my separate page that is always linked to on the right...

The weather in Denmark: cold! I braved the snow on my bicycle today - there are still places where it wasn't cleared away, making me wonder where my tax money went...

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Anonymous the spectre says...

The first three pages are still "Second Final" draft. I wonder if anything was changed here?

In an Animtion World interview with Charles Solomon posted here ( Frank Thomas describes how he came up with ideas for the "I've Got No Strings" dance.

Elsewhere in the article Ollie Johnston claims that "Bill Tytla did not work on Geppetto." I can't think why he'd be mentioned on the draft if he didn't, so maybe that's just the result of a faulty memory? Unless by "work on" he meant "help to design".

This scene also has Woolie Reitherman animating Pinocchio - he seems to have been someone who wasn't typecast the way Bill Tytla was. He does the whole "Russian" bit, so there's no excuse for the infamous error where *five* puppets collide with Pinoc and, in the close-up, he's tangled up with *seven*...

Finally, I wonder what Bob Carlson did in shot #50?

Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 2:06:00 AM PST  
Anonymous the spectre says...

Oh, another oddity I noticed just after making that post. The note at the end says "cross dissolve to seq. 4.3". There is no such sequence. The next is 3.1, and after that it's 4.4. Is this just a mistake, or does it refer to a missing sequence?

Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 2:10:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

In another copy of the draft I have, the 4.3 is whited out and 3.1 written in in pen...

Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 2:16:00 AM PST  
Anonymous David Gerstein says...

The drafts for certain films at Disney seem to have been tampered with years later to reflect after-the-fact censorship. For example, the surviving STEAMBOAT WILLIE draft in the Walt Disney Archives is a version retyped at some later date, omitting the nipple-tweaking sequence that was cut out of the film in 1953.
In PINOCCHIO, big-lipped Ubangi puppets are seen hanging in Stromboli's trailer, and some publicity art for the film pictures them as individualized characters. At some point, could they have been intended to partake in a verse of "I've Got No Strings?" (I'd rather not create an urban legend that this was the case... I'm merely speculating, as for me, your drafts bear all the hallmarks of authentic 1939 production documents.)

Monday, February 26, 2007 at 9:27:00 AM PST  
Anonymous HannahViera says...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! This is really interesting to me! I'm still learning about the different aspects of animation (I started out with 3D modeling and animation, and now am backpedaling to learn the basics as fast as I can), and these are very very helpful. I appreciate your taking the time to share them!

Sunday, April 5, 2009 at 1:24:00 AM PDT  

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