Prod. 2061 - Melody Time (IV) - 2055 - Once Upon a Wintertime
Animation by Eric Larson, Rudy Larriva, Hal King, Judge Whitaker, John Lounsbery, Harvey Toombs and Don Lusk, with ice and waterfall by George Rowley.
This is one of the most Mary Blair-like of any Disney feature sequence. It is interesting to see how the animation is spread among the animators: except for Larriva doing the horses & sleigh in the beginning, most animators handle the human characters as well as the animals.
As much as I like Mary Blair's work, I am in two minds about the styling in this segment, storytelling-wise. Would we have gotten more emotionally involved with the characters had they been handled more classically, or more naturalistically?
On the other hand one can make a case for the more cartoony handling of the characters, which serves as a distancing device to make this segment "just a sweet bit of fun." Every time I think about it, I am inclined to go in the opposite direction from last time I thought about it...