Prod. 2061 - Melody Time (V) - 2056 - Pecos Bill
One of the most "classical" segments of the film, it was animated by Marvin Woodward, John Sibley, Ken O'Brien, Ward Kimball, Cliff Nordberg and Milt Kahl with one scene by John Lounsbery. Effects by Josh Meador, Ed Aardal and George Rowley.
Kimball and Kahl are the obvious stars of this segment, and they handle most of Pecos and Sue, with some action scenes by Sibley and Nordberg. Some late scene adjustments seem to have been made around the end, combining some scenes and removing others. I find that some of the multiplane shots in this segment are among the nicest ones altogether, because they are subtle and simple, yet atmospheric.
Though this is the closing segment of the film, it is in the middle of the draft because in here the segments are ordered by their production number. I have added a "real running order" to my first posting for this film.
I finally took some time to see the film again last night, and I enjoyed it a lot - wish I had watched it earlier.
The DVD is, of course, the No Smoking version. Thus, scene 54 was not in my DVD. I did notice another shot, a CU just before Pecos tries to rescue Sue (Sc. 131?) where it seems a bit with Bill fixing a cigarette was removed. Is this in my imagination? Or is this again due to destructive PC-ness?
Honestly: I have been a heavy smoker once, myself, and I quit some 15 years ago, the best thing I ever did. But NEVER in my youth would I even think of beginning to smoke after seeing a cartoon character do so. If you want to protect children, there is a slew of other things you could do, like, say, get guns of the streets, have proper health care for the poorest etc. etc., but I really do not want to get into a political discussion here...! Suffice to say I think an updated "grown-up" version is needed of this and all the other censored Disney films. How about a box set with all disclaimers? You can include Song of the South! At least then we can enjoy the films as Walt Disney made them, which is the only way I would WANT to see them!