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Friday, December 17, 2010

Prod. 2004 - Fantasia (XXI)  - Seq. 4.3 (Beethoven: Third Movement)

Directed by Ham Luske and Jim Handley, assisted by Jack Bruner. Layout by Ken Anderson. This draft dated 9/16/40.

Character animation by Jack Bradbury, Sewell (see note), Lynn Karp, Murray McClellan, Walt Kelly, Bernie Wolf, Eric Larson, Bill Justice, Bob Youngquist, Ward Kimball, Milt Neil, Don Lusk and John Elliotte.

Effects by Ugo D'Orsi, Frank Follmer, Jack Gayek, Paul Kossoff, George Rowley, (see note 2) Fitzpatrick, Cornett Wood, George DeBeeson, Ed Aardal, Miles Pike and John Reed.

(Note: Alberto Becattini has a John Sewall who was animator during this era, and, of course Hazel Sewell, Walt's sister-in-law who married Bill Cottrell, and who was in charge of Ink and Paint in the early Mickey years. Alberto has a question mark behind animation in her name. I must admit I lean towards John Sewall here. They could have spelled his name wrong, based on Hazel being well known around the studio...)

(Note 2: Alberto mentions only Art Fitzpatrick, who was Babbitt's assistant. But a contemporary list of employees who took part in the 1941 strike that I have a copy of (and promised not to post) lists an effects animator called Paul Fitzpatrick. It could be a typo, of course, but more likely our effects guy here is this Paul, who at the time of the strike made a weekly $47.50, while e.g. Don Tobin made $76.50... Oh, by the way, the same list names John Sewall and a person working in color called Claudia Sewell. No other Sewell.)

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Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

A lot of animators credited for several scenes; that's interesting!

I love the music and animation in it; it's so cheerful and fun to watch; and Ward Kimball's animation of Bacchus is charming.

I can't wait to see more of the "Pastoral" section; I'd like to see more of Jim Moore, Jack Campbell and Don Lusk.

Friday, December 17, 2010 at 12:12:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Zartok-35 says...

Yes! Jack Brunner is here! He turns up with Jim Handley. I wonder how Ham Luske eneded up with this strange configuration? He was quite capable on his own, with Pinnocchio and all.

This sequence has no pretty girls animated by Ollie and Freddie!

Those 'notes' are very interesting.

Friday, December 17, 2010 at 3:58:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Zartok-35 says...

Jack Bradbury does alot of good work in this sequence, escpecilly the dancing scenes shared with Kimball. He's very good at drwing hair. Eric Larson's centaurette is a nice job too. I was starting to think he would only Animate livestock this time.

It's a little unsettling how much the word 'Negro' is thrown around in the texts there...

Friday, December 17, 2010 at 4:33:00 PM PST  
Anonymous spokeshave says...

I can't understand why people get their nickers in a twist over the word, Negro when looking at past documents. It was a word in common use back then, you can go into any art store and by a tube of black paint and it will have, Negro on it. It's Latin, or Greek for black.
I was lucky enough to see Fantasia in the 60's when Sunflower was still in it, where as the section has been butchered by Disney taking her out and try to say she never existed.

Sunday, December 19, 2010 at 3:57:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Zartok-35 says...

I'm just not used to it is all.

Sunday, December 19, 2010 at 6:09:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

Same, I find it off putting; and yet I've seen so many controversial stuff like "Jungle Jitters" or "Scrub Me Mama With a Boogie Beat", I feel bad watching them!!

Monday, December 20, 2010 at 1:19:00 PM PST  

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