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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Prod. UM39 - Orphan's Picnic

Directed by Ben Sharpsteen.
Released 2/15/36, this FINAL draft dated 11/26/35.

Animation by Milt Kahl, Ham Luske, Don Towsley, George Drake, Fred Spencer, Paul Hopkins, Bernie Wolf, Frank Thomas, Eddie Strickland, Paul Allen, Al Eugster, Shamus Culhane, Hardie Gramatky, Marvin Woodward, Frank Kelling and Roy Williams.

There are a few things to note in this list. Though obscured by a typo, this may be the first scene of Frank Thomas' to reach the screen, under taskmaster George Drake's supervision. Frank mentioned to me that his first scenes were in Mickey's Circus, which was released half a year later. George Drake was himself head of the Inbetween department since 1932. Paul Hopkins was listed in Camera around 1933, in Personnel in 1935 - here he his animating.

The film is discussed in the Action Analysis Class of Jan. 6th, 1936, the transcript of which can be read elsewhere on this blog.

Really busy, folks! I will try to not be a stranger here, though!

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Anonymous Rodney Baker says...

As always, thanks for posting these. These drafts, as well as your insights on them, are greatly appreciated.

Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 5:20:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous John V. says...

Great to see another of these drafts! I see the casting is quite similar to "Mickey's Service Station", with several animators (e.g. Ham Luske, Milt Kahl)assigned to only one or two scenes, while others take entire sequences: Fred Spencer and Hardie Gramatky do key Donald sequences, Marvin Woodward does a lot of scenes with the orphans, and Mickey's token sequence goes to Paul Allen (who would later become a very prominent Donald animator from the late 30s till Jack King left the studio).

Monday, March 26, 2012 at 8:34:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

Thanks for the draft Hans,

I've probably not peeked at this site in a while but I've been busy too - with the blog; but also my schoolwork. I've been working my socks off to get good grades; in which I got but my leaving day of school is July 4. and that's sort of the "start of the rest of my life" ;-).

Hope to see more feature drafts soon if you've got anothe project of that coming up; they're always a treat; but the shorts are also worthy to look at. Do you happen to have a draft for "King Neptune"? I saw it a while ago and I thought that this was probably the sloppiest animation Disney probably had - it's mostly the mermaid fight.

Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 12:23:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous John Veitch says...

Something I just notices when watching this cartoon again is that the licence plate for Mickey's truck is the cartoon's production code: M-39. :)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 5:12:00 PM PDT  

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