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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Prod. 2057 - Fun and Fancy Free (I)
  - Seq. 01.0 - Titles and Inserts

The first seven pages of this draft are the scenes that are not part of Bongo or Mickey and the Beanstalk. They are the opening bits with Jiminy Cricket, and the animated scenes between those two main "halves" of this movie, except for the bubble over Snerd's head in the live action just before the Mickey and the Beanstalk part.
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Directed by Ham Luske, assisted by Jack Atwood. Layout by Ken O'Connor. This FINAL draft dated 8/6/1947 by Ruth Wright.

We find Jiminy Cricket animation by Eric Larson, Rudy Larriva, Judge Whitaker, Don Lusk (of course with goldfish), Harvey Toombs, Bob Youngquist, Bill Justice, and then, between Bongo and Mickey and the Beanstalk, more crickets, but by Phil Duncan, Hal King and Ollie Johnston.

As always, my "Standard Disclaimer" applies:

"Animation drafts were never meant to be historical documents. They were meant as go-to documents, showing the responsible artist for a certain scene, who might be able to help in case there would be any need for this further on in the production line. Therefore we often see e.g. that animators who left have been replaced by others, often their assistants, in later versions of a draft. Also for this reason it is most often the actual animator, not the supervising animator, who is mentioned (*. The drafts may also be directly inaccurate - showing early assignments where the animator actually changed when the scene was finally handed out. Keeping all this in mind, though, the drafts can give us some sort of hands-on insight into the inner workings of the production of some of the most iconic motion pictures of all time."

*) As a very special treat, the Bongo part of this draft also has indications for the supervising animator, something sadly missing on all other drafts!

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6 Comments:

Blogger Steven Hartley says...

A lot of uncredited animators in this sequence! I imagine this was assigned to animators like Larson and Johnston, who were in between assignments from "Song of the South" and "Melody Time"...

Admittedly, I find Jiminy's design quite conservative here, in contrast to the more appealing design in "Pinocchio".

Don Lusk's goldfish undoubtedly resembles Cleo. When I met Don last summer, he said Cleo was his favourite assignment at Disney's, and no wonder! He got to animate a large portion of the character.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 1:15:00 PM PST  
Blogger John Veitch says...

I find Jiminy's *attitude* quite conservative as well, compared to Pinocchio. ;-)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 3:56:00 AM PST  
Blogger Hans Perk says...

To me, some of the Jiminys in Hal King's scene look more like the mid-century-modern commercial model than like the original Pinocchio version - not conservative at all! Curious, though, as there are grades of "conservatism" throughout these scenes, but most skew towards the original...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 5:39:00 AM PST  
Blogger John Veitch says...

The animation of Jiminy hopping up to Bergen's window is not included on the draft. It comes after Ollie's scenes.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 11:36:00 AM PST  
Blogger Zartok-35 says...

Pleasantly surprised to find Rudy Larriva, Hal King and Phil Duncan doing scenes here. Now I have to wonder if Rudy Larriva did any uncredited animation for Ham Luske on 'So dear to my heart'.

Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 5:23:00 AM PST  
Blogger John Veitch says...

Despite Jiminy being a returning character, there's no consistency with the way he was cast in "Pinocchio". No Ward Kimball. No Woolie Reitherman. And the longest stretches are by Eric Larson, Don Lusk and Ollie Johnston - prominent animators of other characters from "Pinocchio" but not even credited on "Fun and Fancy Free"!

Friday, January 26, 2018 at 5:30:00 PM PST  

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