Prod. 2079 - Lady and the Tramp (V)
- Seq. 02.0 - Dogs Discuss Baby -- Enter Tramp (I)
This Final draft dated 5/20/54.
Animation by John Freeman, Hal King, Ollie Johnston, Ken O'Brien, Harvey Toombs, Hal Ambro, and Milt Kahl.
Here, a bunch of scenes were planned and then discarded, scenes 1 to 31. We dig in with John Freeman, for whom this seems to have been his Disney Magnum Opus, after which he continued his career at Melendez, Ruby-Spears, De Patie-Freleng, Hanna-Barbera, Pantomime Pictures and Marvel. It would be fair to suspect that he started his career at Disney, as inbetweener and assistant; someone else may know more about him.
Milt Kahl's few close-ups of Trusty are, of course, masterfully done, and Ollie's scenes are very touching. The scenes by the other animators are all very nice indeed. In all, I find this film incredibly well drawn and very well animated - less occasional "fumbling" than on the previous couple of films. It is a step up from Peter Pan, and on it's way to the meticulousness of Sleeping Beauty. The inking is SEVERAL steps up! The inking of the ending of lines in Pan was at times erratic - here it is under FULL control! Yet at times there are surprising issues, like when Jock turns corners, his perspective at times seems a bit off. Not enough to be irritating, but enough to notice once in a while. But then, you could say "well, would you do it better?" and I find I better keep my mouth shut.
I seem to have very little time these days, and may need to upload pages without any more description - we shall see!
In the mean time, keep the comments coming.