Prod.2001-Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs(VIII)
- Snow White by Ham Luske, Grim Natwick and Jack Campbell, dwarfs by Frank Thomas and Fred Moore.
Most of the scenes with the dwarfs are animated by Freddie Moore, who is mostly known as Mickey Mouse specialist with the facility of making appealing drawings. The opening scenes were drawn by his old assistant Frank Thomas who later came into his own and, of course, is known as one of Walt Disney's Nine Old Men, and much missed by those of us who called him our friend.
If you watch the special features on the new release of Snow White on Blu-Ray, you will find the scenes of the argument between Doc and Grumpy that were cut from the film, from halfway through scene 35 until the end of this sequence. That this might have been done after the premiere one could deduce from the fact that this draft is of 11/16/37, a little more than a month until the premiere, and the scenes are still in the picture! The Blu-Ray has pencil test, however, so there may not be surviving color footage.
Looking at the "deleted footage", note especially how Fred Moore's fight in scene 38E compares to the later fight around the tub as animated by Bill Tytla! Whereas Tytla's fight is a beautifully choreographed dance with each frame a new pleasing composition, Moore's scene is just a mess of fighting dwarfs. This round goes to Tytla, and thus it is no big surprise the sequence was shortened...
Point of order: John V., one of my most avid commenters, has made me aware that he will post some of his own thoughts and discoveries pertaining the Snow White drafts posted here, so I advise all to check out his blog The DarmokTheGreen Experience.
Great, John, but I hope you will keep commenting here, as well!