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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Prod. 2138 - The Sword in the Stone  - Seq. 01.1 - "Introduction of Merlin, Owl, Wart and Kay"

This sequence introduces all the principals...

Animated by Dick Lucas, Eric Cleworth, John Lounsbery, Ollie Johnston (Merlin and Archimedes the Owl), Milt Kahl (Kay and Wart) and Hal King. John Ewing reuses some Lounsbery animation.
This FINAL draft of 6/14/1963.

Milt basically singlehandedly coined the final model on all the characters, so based on previous experiences, it seems plausible that Ollie and Milt led the animation, with Lounsbery on the wolf, then followed by Cleworth, Lounsbery and King on the principals...

Please feel free to contradict me through the comments! I may make some assumptions that take me way out on a limb, just to get your reaction!

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Anonymous Boris Hiestand says...

owww man this is some juicy stuff!
Some of the best animation ever in this film..
can't wait for the rest of them to find out if I'm right about who did what!

Monday, January 12, 2009 at 1:27:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Floyd Norman says...

Sure brings back memories. I did clean up on Milt's stuff in the introduction of Wart and Kay.

Beginning with -- Kay turns his head and says, "Quiet Wart!"

Seems like yesterday. I enjoyed working on Milt's scenes throughout this film back in the sixties.

Monday, January 12, 2009 at 2:53:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Great to hear, Floyd! How much clean-up was there to do on Milt's scenes? I mean, especially in this period, did you clean up on new sheets or was touch-up on the same sheets also done? I have a hard time imagining anyone rubbing down the Milt's drawings and then cleaning up on top of them...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 12:17:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Floyd Norman says...

Hello Hans,

They didn't want us to work on new sheets, so we had to draw directly on Milt Kahl's drawings. Can you imagine how scared I was?

Milt was such a great draftsman, you couldn't really ruin his work. Actually, he was quite easy to follow up. I had the opportunity to see how he worked throughout the length of the film. This was a great learning experience for a kid like me back in the sixties.

Friday, January 16, 2009 at 12:15:00 PM PST  

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