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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Prod. 2006 - Dumbo (III)

Seq. 03.1 "Stork Chases Circus train"
Directed by Wilfred Jackson, assistant director Jacques [Roberts?], layout Terrell Stapp.
This 1st draft dated 1/6/41.

All animation by Art Babbitt. My old mentor Børge Ring reminds me that Babbitt did all his animation drawings, including inbetweens, himself, and then had his assistant Art Fitzpatrick clean them all up.

Børge also recalls that at Richard Williams' Soho studio back in the 70s, Babbitt shot his line tests by not holding all drawings until the next one, but shooting blanks for the missing drawings, as this would give a better way of judging the timing, with the sacrifice of direct readability.

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Anonymous John V. says...

Babbitt even animates the storks hands as he looks at the map!

This is the first sequence with obviously missing credits - there are no effects animators listed even though there must have been some working on it. This is particularly noticeable in scenes 7 and 9, which feature the circus train.

Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 5:42:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

Its interesting that Babbitt's animation (so far) is only credited in this small sequence, and yet a lot of wonderful scenes he animated, and then the next sequence with the stork is all blank, but I think its pretty much Babbitt's animation in the film.

Friday, April 30, 2010 at 1:41:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

I bet that Cy Young animated the bundle that's about to fall off from the cloud.

Since no effect animators are credited for this sequence, and this Cy did animation for the Storks flying and the parachute bundles falling to the surface.

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 12:47:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Knowing my Babbitt, I bet bet he drew every single drawing, then had his assistant clean them up...

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 3:47:00 PM PDT  

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