Prod.2001 - Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs (XI)
- Dwarfs mainly by Ward Kimball, with Fred Spencer, Bill Tytla, Marvin Woodward, Dick Lundy and Bill Roberts. Snow White by Grim Natwick.
As one of the most famous "deleted sequences," the Soup sequence has had a legendary status for a long time, especially since Frank Churchill's song "Music in Your Soup" appeared on albums quite early on. The inclusion of the sequence in pencil test in one of the Disneyland TV programs in the 50s (was it The Plausible Impossible?) gave the first glimpse of what it could have been. The sequence can, of course, be found on the Blu-Ray, in its pencil test version.
Looking at it objectively, the animation was serviceable, though largely below standard, the gags unfunny and the whole sequence certainly slowed everything down. This was the time to get back to the castle and get down to business! I think it is fine the sequence was cut. The date on this 2nd (and last) draft: 2/4/37.
Ward Kimball, who long was the only person credited for this sequence, animated about one minute thirteen seconds, which on a film of this standard is not unsubstantial, but nothing in relation to Tytla's animation in the previous sequence. How far the later, also cut "Lodge Meeting" sequence had progressed, I do not know, but with these two sequences gone, there basically were only a couple of scenes animated by Kimball left in the picture, depicting vultures. No wonder it distressed him to the point of considering leaving the studio. I seem to recall him telling that that was where Walt promised him "the little green man," Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio, a story I find odd, as at this time the studio still was expected to get onto Bambi, prod. no. 2002, after Snow White. Maybe I remember wrong...