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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Prod. 2061 - Melody Time (III)  - 2054 - Trees

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Directed by Ham Luske, assistant director Ted Sebern, layout by Ken O'Connor. This FINAL draft is from 5/5/48.

Animated by Don Lusk and Les Clark, with effects by Josh Meador, Ed Aardal and George Rowley, this sequence is like a Silly Symphony, or an overflow sequence from Fantasia...

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Zartok-35 says...

HAM LUSKE?!? Very odd. This peice SCREAMS Jaxon.

No sign of Judge Whitaker. I was sure this would be his footage credit.

Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 1:07:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous John V. says...

Makes me think of some of the more "arty" sequences in Bambi. But the draft doesn't indicate any footage is reused.

I'm surprised to see any character animators on it at all, I assumed it was a Josh Meador vehicle!

BTW, what happened to prod. no. 2053? Was it scrapped, or part of another package feature?

Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 2:20:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Yes, some of the names on the drafts can be tricky, but the Cannons are not as confusing as the Williams, the Pattersons and Shaffer/Shafer can be.

John William "Johnny" Cannon, born in Terre Haute, Indiana 3/17/1907, died only 39 years old from a fatal heart attack on 12/06/1946, some two years before Melody Time was released. Alberto has him working for Disney from 7/23/1927 to 5/4/1940.

Robert F. "Bobe" Cannon was born in Ohio 7/16/1909 and died, 54 years old, on 06/09/1964.

Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 3:10:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

All animators draw very nice deers, as just looking at them on internet first time!

Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 3:40:00 AM PDT  
Blogger rosscompose says...

The final shot is probably the most overtly religious image in Disney animation. Of course it goes with the last line of the song but I still find the crucifixion image jarring.

I much prefer the stylized nature imagery, the gamboling deer and especially the shot of the clearing sky with the sunbeam which turns into a truck out of a glistening drop of water. (The branch also, briefly, shows those exotic green tree snails, where did they come up with them?). Anyway, an amazing transition.

Generally, I love most of Melody Time, partially because I see it as a prelude to my favorite Alice in Wonderland. And that trippy Bumble Boogie......

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 1:18:00 PM PST  

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