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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Prod. 2079 - Lady and the Tramp (V)  - Seq. 02.0 - Dogs Discuss Baby -- Enter Tramp (I)

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Directed by Wilfred Jaxon assisted by Mike Holoboff. Laid out by MacLaren Stewart. Secretary Toby Toblemann.
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.

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Anonymous John V. says...

The scenes with the three dogs are mostly Ollie Johnston's work, with a few scenes (mostly of Trusty) by Milt Kahl and John Freeman. Hal King gets a few "present day" scenes before the flashbacks begin, before presumably being the supervising animator for the flashbacks. As before, Harvey Toombs and Hal Ambro animate Lady and the humans, with Hal King animating Lady on her own. It seems Toombs and Ambro were working under King's supervision?

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 5:36:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

Well, John Freeman was Milt Kahl's assistant in the 1950s, and I wouldn't be too surprised if his footage on this film is limited.

Judging my the two previous sequences, it appears that Milt Kahl gets the juicy dialogue scenes of Trusty attempting to recollect "Ol' Reliable".

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 12:16:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

Oh, and BTW Hans; I think Joe Campana probably knows more about Freeman...he told me that he interviewed him some years ago before he died in 2010.

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 12:17:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Zartok-35 says...

Oh wait...Never mind. Shot 38 has Trusty in the background behind Jock; that's why Ollie is in there.

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 11:46:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous John V. says...

A mistake in your description? You mention Milt Kahl's close-ups of Jock, but he didn't do any - did you mean his close-ups of Trusty, or a different animator's close-ups of Jock?

Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 10:06:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Oopsie, John - yes, I meant Trusty...

Monday, May 20, 2013 at 2:05:00 PM PDT  

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