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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Prod. 2006 - Dumbo (XIX)

Seq. 17 "Hiccups and Cure"
Directed by Norm Ferguson , assistant director Larry Lansburgh, layout Ken O'Connor.
This 2nd draft dated 2/24/41.

We start with Dumbo by John Lounsbery and Timothy by Fred Moore. In the end a few names are missing; one could surmise that these scenes logically would be assigned to Moore and Lounsbery also, but without looking at the scene folders, I dare not state it as a fact. In any case, Harvey Toombs drew both in the last scene, while Howard Swift animated the elephantine bubbles. MR2B is, of course, Music Room 2B, basically the director and the layout man. They could have just written "no animation," so the reason to actively credit the Music Room must have made sense to them, it seems.

Fergy gets to direct a nice acting sequence - quite a nice change from the circus parade (seq. 5) and the pyramid act (seq. 11)!
Hicks Lokey, Howard Swift and John Lounsbery seem to be assigned to Fergy more often than not...

Today, check out Michael Sporn's great Dumbo posting and Mark Mayerson's mosaic Part Two!

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Anonymous Zartok-35 says...

If it isn't ironic enough for Art Babbitt to animate clowns wanting raise, now we have Freddie Moore animating a mouse getting drunk!

It's said that Fred Moore was at the peak of his alcoholism when this scene was put into production, and apparently he had problems drawing Timothy correctly.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 12:05:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous John V. says...

The strange (?) thing is - the "Music Room" scenes aren't "no animation" as they have effects animation.

Also of note, some or all of scenes 19, 20, 21, 21.1 and 22, listed as "out of picture" seem to have been reinstated later - or something else was devised to replace them, as there are some scenes here which don't appear on the draft.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 5:43:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

I remember months ago hearing in Bill Peet's interview about Fred Moore doing animation of Timothy getting drunk.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 12:15:00 PM PDT  

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