Prod. 2079 - Lady and the Tramp (I)
- Seq. 01.0 - Introduction Lady, Family & Friends (I)
This Revised Final draft dated 8/11/54.
The film premiered in Chicago 6/16/55.
We see animation by Ken O'Brien, Les Clark, Harvey Toombs, Marvin Woodward, Jerry Hathcock and George "Nick" Nicholas.
Effects by Josh Meador and George Rowley. I suspect that Les Clark was most likely the directing animator on "baby Lady."
Already the first few CinemaScope notes on only the first page are quite telling - they relate the changes needed for the wider format. On Sc. 1: "The overlaps for the first part of the scene will be set farther apart for CinemaScope" already indicate not just extending to the sides, but simply rearranging the artwork altogether!
The hat box scene (Sc. 9) was animated by Les Clark, but it was left to Ken O'Brien to complete the drawings of Darling and to reposition the camera for Scope.
We also get a sense of insecurity about the format: Sc. 8 talks about extending the drawings out to the sides: "Possibly they will show in the final CinemaScope composition."
On further pages we find that animation is changed to fit the Scope composition, or additional overlays are applied, while in other scenes all that is done is removal or reduction of pans. All in all it would be interesting seeing a side by side (or one above the other) comparison of the two films...
In a Facebook comment, Nancy Beiman notes that layout man Ken O'Connor who worked on (among others) Seq. 12.0 "told us a lot about how he worked in Scope but had to make the scene also work in fullscreen...indicating that he worked in the wider layout, first."
It is thus interesting that the draft indicates that, though the layouts/backgrounds were created originally in the proper sizes, there were notes needed to remind the artists of the changes needed for the Scope version.
By the way, for those interested in the solo singer of the opening song, that was sung by Donald Novis, who previously sang "Love is a Song" for Bambi, and who (not much) later would become the Irish Tenor in Disneyland's Golden Horseshoe Revue.