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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Prod. 2057 - Fun and Fancy Free (XV)  - Prod. 2048 - Bongo - Seq. 01.0 - Circus

At last, here is Bongo. May I suggest you read my old mentor Børge Ring's notes on this half of the movie if you haven't already?
45 46 47 48 49 50
Directed by Jack Kinney assisted by Ted Sebern.
Layout by Don DaGradi.
This FINAL draft dated 4/9/1947 by Eva Jane "'jane" Sinclair.

Animation by Blaine Gibson, Marc Davis, Al Coe, Ted Bonnicksen, Art Babbitt, Tom Massey, Henry Tanous - supervised by Les Clark. Effects by Jack Boyd.

I don't recall other film drafts with indication of supervising animators. How great that would have been...

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Anonymous John Veitch says...

Most of the scenes of the Three Fairies in the Sleeping Beauty draft credit Thomas or Johnston with a second animator.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 1:05:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Zartok-35 says...

Yay! Its Jack Kinney time! Arguably my favorite Disney auteur next to Wilfred Jaxon. This sequence provides some of the only opportunities in this film for Kinney to do the fast paced comedy he was known for, the exaggerated effects shot 25 being a prime example, as well as shot 34 by Tom Massey. Evidently Bongo's circus prefers to use "Tunnel cars" rather than the more customary open flatbeds. This is probably the last time Kinney used assistant director Ted Sebern, who eventually goes to work with Clyde Geronimi, and lasts longer with him than anyone else. Kinney would later be assisted the secretary Eva Jane, whom he would eventually marry.

The animation is nicely organized here. Al Coe does all the juggling, Ted Bonnicksen the diving, and Art Babbitt has Bongo on the leash. Babbitt draws Bongo an awful lot like Goofy in panic scenes like shot 56. I'm surprised shot 13 is by Bonnicksen and not Hal King, who tended to draw eyes the same way in Donald Duck cartoons. Its also nice to see some more extensive effects work by Blaine Gibson.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 5:22:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

It appears Marc Davis is supervising Henry Tanous' animation in sc. 36.

It's evident that Art Babbitt's status at the studio never recovered after the strike - especially when almost all of his animation is being supervised by Les Clark. Greg Duffell, an animator who worked for Richard Williams in the early 70s, once told me a tale about Babbitt's return to Disney. It was reportedly like coming to work in solitary confinement. Walt also apparently encouraged all of his employees to not speak to Babbitt at all. Even the director had to slip the exposure sheets underneath his door.

In a Don Peri interview with Les Clark for "Working with Walt", Clark mentioned he never spoke to Babbitt again once the strike had settled. A part of myself ponders whether Clark had to supervise Babbitt's scenes without any communication whatsoever.

Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 4:00:00 AM PST  
Anonymous John Veitch says...

Marc Davis is listed as a character animator in the film's credits but he's a supervising animator here.

Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 3:29:00 PM PST  
Anonymous John Veitch says...

There's a gap between the end of this sequence and the beginning of the next... presumably the shots of Bongo breaking out of the train and unicycling away are scenes 65, 68, 69 and 70, handwritten at the end of Page 6...

Friday, February 9, 2018 at 4:52:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

John, there is clearly a page missing - and it has been missing since 1964. As I stated earlier, my feature drafts all originated at the Background Morgue, with the handwritten notes indicating which BGs were present at the time.

Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 7:41:00 AM PST  

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