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Monday, April 26, 2010

Prod. 2006 - Dumbo (V)

First a little ace-taste - The King's Men again...
While you happily skip this part, please remember that this recording has NOT been heard outside the studio since 3/14/1941 but for two or three people - until now!

Seq. 04.0 "Roustabouts"
Directed by Sam Armstrong, assistant directors Lloyd Richardson and W. Hays, layout Dick Kelsey.
This 3rd draft dated 5/7/41.

Starting with a few Casey Jr. scenes by Paul Kossoff, Don Patterson and Don Tobin, we find [Warren] Schloat, Jerry Hathcock, Steve Bosustow and Bill Tytla doing a scene each. Jack Campbell seems to have handled most of the Roustabouts. Then we find Hugh Fraser, Edwin Fourcher, Jerome Brown, Karl Van Leuven, Russ Dyson, Frank Grundeen, Jim Escalante, Vern Witt, Claude Smith, Sandy Strother, Cornett Wood, Ed Aardal, Miles Pike, George Rowley, Josh Meador and John Reed, most of whom are effects animators.

It is interesting to see how some scenes seem to have been replaced with others. Not surprising in a sequence like this, where they are building the suspense and in many cases have to try things out before they know if they work...

Two scenes in there of 26 frames each...

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Anonymous Zartok-35 says...

Sam Armstrong? Figures. Out of the entire film, this feels the most like an artsy Fantasia sequence.

Jerry Hathcock is a surprise.

Monday, April 26, 2010 at 1:09:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Zartok-35 says...

And I must say, that recording is pretty neat too! (It wasn't loading right when I wrote my other comment.)

If I'm not mistaken, this is the only song in ther film performed by The Kings Men. The 'Sportsmen', with Thurl Ravenscroft, do "Look out for Mr. Stork" and "Casey Junior".

Monday, April 26, 2010 at 2:48:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

The type-written original production labels clearly identify the artists as The King's Men on the "Stork Song" and the "Song of the Rousta." Actually, on the latter it says "King's Men et al."

Monday, April 26, 2010 at 5:44:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous John V. says...

Notice in scene 42 there's a vast difference in animation quality between Dumbo and his mother. Presumably C. Smith animated Dumbo and Steve Bosustow animated Mrs Jumbo.

Also, a long shot seems to have been inserted between 23 and 24 (alternatively, scene 24 was divided into two different scenes from different angles) some time after the draft was made.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 8:14:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

A lot of animators are credited in this big sequence, and I wasn't suprised to see that Jack Campbell animated the roustabouts, so much he contributed to the sequence, and I notice a lot of Sandy Strother, Stephen Bosustow, John Reed? Wow, a lot of uncredited people on this sequence.

I've always liked the character Casey Jr, and its animated by Don Patterson, Paul Kossoff and Don Tobin, now I have new animated heroes?

Friday, April 30, 2010 at 10:13:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous John V. says...

There seems to have been a distinction made between the named effects animators and the unnamed "Special Efx" animators - presumably the former animated "props" and the latter animated the rainfall?

Friday, April 30, 2010 at 4:38:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Jonathan says...

Hallo. Is there any way that you could make the audio available for download? It's really pretty cool. Dumbo is such an amazing film.



Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 7:03:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Hi Jonathan! Thanks for being the second person to comment on the audio. I am REALLY surprised that I have not had more reactions to it, it never having been heard like this before.

That said, I do not really want to get into trouble with music publishers, ASCAP etc, as they are a powerful bunch. This is why I did not just add a link for downloading. I hope you can see my concerns!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 8:48:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Jonathan says...

Yeah, I'm all for copyrights and creators getting their due, but it's too bad that sometimes it means thing go unpublished, I'll just have to visit this page whenever I want to listen to it!

I am surprised as well! I love hearing/seeing stuff like that, the magic of the making. It's amazing how it goes from normal talking and noise, to unified music that we all know and love, haha.

Anyways, thanks for your blog, its a great inspiration.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 7:20:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

You forgot to mention Ugo D'Orsi as effect animator in this sequence.

Notice that in Scene 48 is credited to Sandy Strother and it is 2-07 worth of footage and that scene is a deleted scene!

Friday, July 9, 2010 at 2:13:00 PM PDT  

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