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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Prod. 2165 - Mary Poppins (II)

Today we find Eric Larson (birds, rabbits, squirrels, butterflies, deer), Cliff Nordberg (chickens and small animals), John Lounsbery (farmyard animals: rams, lambs, chicken, geese, pig, horse) and Hal Ambro (turtles), a well as effects animator Dan MacManus (butterflies).

Eric Larson's squirrel in Sleeping Beauty is a classic (I have a great model sheet of that one somewhere), one he revisits here in a little less stylized version.

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Anonymous Zartok-35 says...

The way "Disney family album" tells it, you'd think Eric Larson animates all the farm animals.

I thought I recognized the squirrel from Sleeping Beauty in there.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 4:04:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous John V. says...

The original divide between caricaturists and naturalists (see, Dumbo and Bambi) comes back here, with John Lounsbery and Cliff Nordberg animating the singing farm animals and Eric Larson animating the more realistic (in behaviour, and usually in appearance) woodland animals.

I'm not sure what category the studio put Hal Ambro in. Usually he would be assigned to human characters, especially the realistic ones. But here he animates some non-speaking but still cartoonish turtles. I expect we'll see him again in the fox hunt.

There's a bit of an "all star cast" approach here -- did they really need to put someone of Larson's talents on the long shots of small birds?

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 3:18:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

Andreas Deja wrote in one post that Lounsbery animated the Farm animals; but it looks like I missed that. Now I see it, Lounsbery's style is there: as its squash and stretch is evident.

Even though Eric's work may not be meatier compared to Lounsbery; he does gorgeous work on the naturalistic animals. Shot 37 is a particular favourite of mine.

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 3:40:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous John V. says...

My apologies... the turtles are not "non speaking", they get a line at the end of their sequence.

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 4:17:00 AM PDT  

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