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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Prod. 2237 - Put-Put Troubles

Directed by Riley Thomson who picked it up 7/7/39, this 6th draft was prepared 3/21/40. The film was released 7/17/40.
It was most likely also known earlier as RM-37. Excuse the fact that some scenes are missing due to bad copying: nrs. 9 and 48 completely, though one still can make out Emery Hawkins as the animator on scenes 17 and 37.1. A lot of changes have been made due to continuity changing, and assistant director Ralph Chadwick must have had his hands full - one wonders when these changes were made, and if any of the cut scenes were actually animated.

This draft interestingly shows the animators AND the effects animators and their respective footage, as on the features - compare with Pinocchio. We see animation by Nick DeTolly, Judge Whitaker, Jim Armstrong, George Goepper, Ken Muse, Lee Morehouse, Volus Jones, Emery Hawkins, Johnny Cannon (his last Disney credit according to Alberto, he died in 1946 age 39), Ken Peterson, [Claude or Paul J.] Smith and George Kreisl, with effects by Ed Parks, Jack (Joseph) Gayek, Jack (Joseph) Harbaugh, Murray Griffen, Art Fitzpatrick, Jack (John) Huber, Reuben Timmins, Andy Engman, Miles Pike, Al Stetter, Frank Follmer and Jack Boyd. Again, several Joe's and John's called Jack. Layout by Bill Tracy, and Carl Barks worked on story. The shorts animators were considered pretty much the second string, as the features had gobbled up the first violins (see Mike Barrier's interview with Dave Hand), but some, like Lee Morehouse and Johnny Cannon, were very experienced. Andy Engman and Ken Peterson later were managing all the animation production...
[Oops - sorry - fixed the links to the right draft!]

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Anonymous the spectre says...

That appears to be the "Mickey's Elephant" draft.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at 2:42:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous David says...

Hi, Hans,

When I click on the Draft pages for Put-Put Troubles it opens to pages from Mickey's Elephant.

Love these draft pages. Please keep posting .

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at 10:01:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Hi, Guys - I don't know how it happened, but I fixed the links so they point at the proper pages! Thanks for letting me know!

Thursday, September 13, 2007 at 1:18:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous David Gerstein says...

Hans, I don't mean to toot my own horn here, but if you look at my MICKEY AND THE GANG book, you can see the tangled history of PUT-PUT TROUBLES. It began as two unrelated shorts, DONALD'S OUTBOARD MOTOR and PLUTO AND THE SPRINGS, and the two were combined into one quite a while after animation had started. My book reprints a complete surviving draft from PLUTO AND THE SPRINGS, albeit at rather small size.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 7:52:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

David, toot away! It is great to hear from you, and it shows that I should find the time to read all the books I bought!
Really, if people don't comment, I feel I might as well just read the drafts myself ;-)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 11:45:00 AM PDT  

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