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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Prod. 2006 - Dumbo (VI)

Seq. 5 "Circus Parade"
Directed by Norm Ferguson, assistant director Larry Lansburgh, layout Ken O'Connor.
This 1st draft dated 2/24/41.

Again some names missing. We do find Howard Swift, Hicks Lokey, Jerry Hathcock and Van Kaufman. One can guess as to the animator of the cute Dumbo scenes, but here (just as anywhere else) it would be nice to have a peek at the names on the scene folders.

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Anonymous Zartok-35 says...

Comparing this too the Pink Elephant draft you posted eons ago, the cute Dumbo scenes are probably by John Lounsbery.

Note how Hicks Lokey animates the band here, as well as the enterance of the Pink Elephants there. It almost feels like Fergy was setting up some sort of 'foreshadow'.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 3:01:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous John V. says...

Notice that scenes 13 - 16 don't really correspond to what we see in the final film. Scenes 14 "Mother looks back at Dumbo" and 16 "Rear view" don't appear in the finished product: also, scene 13 seems to have been split in two, with the second half "She goes out, leaving Dumbo in the open" combined with scene 15 "runs after mother and falls in mud". Maybe this is why there are no animators listed?

Ferguson seems to have inherited T. Hee's assistant director and layout man from his Pinocchio sequences.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 3:47:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous John V. says...

A couple of other observations: I wonder how complete the information is on the "complete" parts of the draft: for example, scene 1 is only credited to Howard Swift, but I would have assumed someone else would have animated the cheering crowd (John McManus, for example) and maybe even the band.

Also, notice that until the uncredited scenes, all the footage is given as an exact number of feet. Perhaps these are just early approximations?

Oh, and Zartok, now you know it wasn't Berny Wolf who animated the camel. :)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 8:10:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Zartok-35 says...

Yes, and I'm quite surprised! It really looks like his work. Now we have a new question: If not the Camels, then what did he do?
I, for one, can't wait to find out!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 10:10:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

Zartok, I read on Bernard Wolf (1911-2006) on Cartoon Brew, that it says he animated the clowns all shaded in the circus tent (Sequence 14.1 and I think 16), and I wonder if he did anything else apart from those shaded clowns, because I thought that the effects animation would have ad done that.

Maybe that he animated the clowns not shaded and then it was inked and paint in silhouette.

Friday, April 30, 2010 at 11:41:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous John V. says...

Zartok: Although you may have been mistaken about the camel animation, it seems reasonable that Lounsbery animated the "cute Dumbo scenes" seeing as Fearless directed this sequence.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 7:45:00 AM PDT  

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