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Thursday, December 06, 2012

Prod. 2074 - Peter Pan (XVII)  - Seq. 15.0 - Voyage Home -- Ending

Directed by Wilfred "JAXON" Jackson, laid out by Maclaren Stewart. Assistant director Mike Holoboff, secretary Toby (Tobelmann).
This FINAL draft dated 11/3/52.

Animation by Marvin Woodward (Lost Boys, John, Michael), Eric Larson (Peter), Harvey Toombs (Wendy), Don Lusk (Tink), Norm Ferguson (Nana), Jack Campbell (Father), Art Stevens, Milt Kahl (Father, Mother, Wendy), Marc Davis (Mother), Hal King (John), George Rowley (anchor chain, pixie dust, sail, ship), Josh Meador (cloud-ship).

And that concludes the draft for Peter Pan, the fourteenth complete feature film draft on this blog! (Ok, you smart-alecks, we still need to see the last page of the Pink Elephant sequence...)

As always, I feel the need to stress that these documents were kept to keep track of the responsible person, and as such it may not reflect precisely the specific directing animators who worked on the sequences. If e.g. an inker or checker needed to find out who animated the scene because of some question, they would need to find the person ultimately responsible for "the lines" - the one who would be able to answer them. It is this person whose name appears on the draft. It was not made for historical purposes, but as we can see, it works pretty well as such. Let's not forget that for every animator we have an assistant, a couple of inbetweeners and cleanup artists - the latter making the final drawings we see on the screen after having been inked (and painted).

My MOST important reason for posting these is to give recognition to those many animators whose names are forgotten since the iconic status of the "Nine Old Men" has overshadowed them all. Mind you, I revere the Nine as the next man, but there were so many more great artists. Today we find e.g Marvin Woodward who was with Disney since September 1930. Jack Campbell started in 1933 and did such memorable scenes as the ones with the Blue Fairy in Pinocchio. Don Lusk started just a year later - and more memorable scenes. As a matter of fact, except for Art Stevens, all animators mentioned above started at Disney in the mid 1930's, excepting Fergie and Woodward, so they had between some 15 and 22 years of experience at this time, not counting their time before they got to Disney's studio. And there were many more animators working on Pan that should be recognized. Cliff Nordberg, Hal Ambro, Jerry Hathcock, Eric Cleworth, Hugh Fraser, etc. etc. It is to recognize the skills and talents of ALL the animators that I post these drafts.

Let's also not forget the layout folks: Charlie Philippi, Ken Anderson, Ken O'Connor, Al Zinnen, Tom Codrick, Don Griffith, Thor Putnam, Lance Nolley and Mac Stewart, whose work we can also now dissect. Like magicians, they were masters in leading the eye of the audience towards just what they want us to look at - something that should be studied by more people in the business. I find, for instance, that we know all too little about the life and work of Maclaren Stewart.

Then there are the sequence directors. This film showed is a very specific location-based subdivision of their work: Jaxon in London, Ham Luske on Neverland and Gerri Geronimi on the pirate ship.
In the end, of course, as always under the supervision on Walt Disney himself, in this period just before the planning of his next, even more ambitious venture, Disneyland.

I hope to have time soon for more of the same. In the mean time, please remember - you saw it here first!

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Anonymous Zartok-35 says...

That was wonderful! thanks again, Mr. Perk, thankyou for the learning.
Peter Pan is probably the most nostalgic of the classic Disney films for me; I watched it allot with my little brother on Friday nights. I really enjoyed exploring it on the technical level!
I was wondering, do you have a draft for "Ben and Me"? I'm not insisting or anything, but thats an interesting little film that might be worth looking into.
See you next time, and good luck!

Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 4:05:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Matt says...

Is it coincidence that your 14th completed draft is disney's 14th animated feature?

Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 4:38:00 PM PST  
Anonymous John V. says...

Seems that Jack Campbell animates the Mother and Art Stevens the father. (Before Marc Davis and Milt Kahl take over)

It's strange to see George Rowley credited alone for scene 27, as Tink appears in human-type form rather than just as a glowing light in a long shot.

Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 4:46:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Sadly I do not have the Ben and Me draft. Zartok - or is it Darmok the Green? - thanks for the comments! Matt, it is a complete coincidence!

Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 4:47:00 PM PST  
Anonymous John V. says...

I am Darmok the Green, Zartok is someone else. :-)

Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 4:49:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Well, BOTH Darmok AND Zartok, as well as Steven - thanks for your comments! I am very happy with comments, and very disappointed with the rest of the world that (nearly) no-one else commented! We can learn through comments...

Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 5:00:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

I should have said: "Zartok or Darmok - you're both '-ok' with me!"

Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 5:06:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Eric Zimmer says...

Can you also do The Jungle Book, Winnie the Pooh, Bambi, Lady and the Tramp, The Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Rescuers Down Under & The Little Mermaid as well, please?

Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 8:05:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Now, now, Eric - those who followed me on this trip know that whatever comes next - is a surprise (often to me, as well).
Also - I do not have drafts newer than The Fox and the Hound. That rules out most on your list, to begin with!

Friday, December 7, 2012 at 2:24:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

I wonder why Jack Campbell was assigned to these scenes with the Mother and Father (although rotoscoped). All I can say is he was probably working as a rotoscope artist on these scenes. By the way, which source says he started Disney AS EARLY AS 1933? I saw another source that says he started as late as 1936 - but maybe the Disney Archives have a record of that.

Well, thank you Hans Perk for posting this amazing documents. It's such a shame that an excellent site like yours when you post these drafts don't get too much feedback as they deserved. I posted a thread about you posting the feature draft on the IAD Forums - and not one person even cared to acknowledge that (or comment). I guess they are more interested in ranting about which WB cartoons will be restored to DVD other than fascinating documents.

From what I've calculated (via footage rota): Woolie Reitherman does the most footage of the supervising animators, whilst Ward Kimball did the least. Perhaps, Kimball left 'Pan' early as he was given the director's chair.

Of course, I've probably said, I've even managed to get a look at the 'Lady and the Tramp' draft myself - so if that will be next, then I can get a BETTER look at the scenes which I did memorise of who animated what.

Friday, December 7, 2012 at 3:22:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Rob M says...

Well, I apologize for not leaving comments (I 'm not very comfortable writing in English). Anyway, I thank you for posting these informative documents. I will try to comment the next drafts you will post

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 4:00:00 PM PST  
Anonymous David Nethery says...

Many thanks for posting this draft of Peter Pan !

Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 3:13:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

John V.: I missed that one... I must admit I haven't been looking.

Rob M and David, you're welcome! I might get to post a few shorts drafts again soon. Next feature would need to be somewhere in the next year.

Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 7:16:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Eric Zimmer says...

Ok, Hans, just try to post the other films before The Fox and the Hound, please! I also can't wait for the upcoming shorts! Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 24, 2012 at 7:34:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Matthew Yorston says...

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Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 7:43:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Floyd Norman says...

Thanks, Hans. This brings back a lot of memories.

I saw Peter Pan while still a kid in school. Luckily, a lot of these guys were still around when I arrived at Disney Animation in the fifties. I still remember Art Stevens grumbling. He never received a screen credit even though he completed enough footage to qualify.

Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 10:56:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Christopher Hei says...

well, Bob Carlson animated the Peanuts cartoons of the 60s and the 70s and who was with him while at Bill Melendez Productions? some Former Disney assistant animator or a Former Disney character animator?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 5:58:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Wakko Warner says...

Well, Christopher, Bob Carlson wasn't the only one....Don Lusk & Ed Levitt worked on Peanuts specials; even Bill Melendez used to work for Disney! George Nicholas went to work for Hanna-Barbera productions along with Jerry Hathcock, I think. And effects animator George Rowley went on to animate in the Scooby Doo Where Are You! series. Incidentally, when are you gonna post another draft for a full-length animated feature film? Or at least more shorts or featurettes? I can't wait!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 6:47:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Hi all - if I wasn't so incredibly busy, I'd start considering more uploads. I hope to be able to get something new within the next few weeks, but i dare not promise anything!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 7:00:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Christopher Hei says...

i know, i know Wakko, but there's Ken O'Brien, Bill Littlejohn, Jan Green, Phil Roman, Emery Hawkins & Manuel Perez.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 8:39:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Christopher Hei says...

and no, i did not have any drafts. since i'm from Alabama and i'm 13. you will have Perk upload the drafts.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 8:41:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

"... you will have Perk upload the drafts"

You may want to learn to choose your words a bit more gracefully and well-mannered, young man...

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 11:04:00 AM PDT  

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