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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Prod. CM13 - The Moose Hunt

Directed by Burt Gillett, music by Bert Lewis, released 5/8/1931.
In other words, I am two days late for its 87th anniversary...
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Animated by Jack King, Dave Hand, Norm Ferguson, Les Clark, Dick Lundy, Tom Palmer and Ben Sharpsteen: the usual suspects.

Yes, this IS the film with Tom Palmer's "Dead dog scene" ending with Pluto saying "Kiss Me!" Since this film was released May 8th, it was likely animated late March-early April 1931. Here is an image of some of the animators in their new building (the L-shaped one) while the film was just released, in May 1931. L-to-R: Dave Hand, Dick Lundy, Norm Ferguson and Les Clark.
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Both Hand and Lundy have their May 1931 calendars prominently placed - thanks, guys! Les Clark has three photos pinned up - two of the building of the building they are in, and one of one of the small Fauchon & Marco advertisement cars parked in front of the billboard across the street...

Added note: we have seen a BG from this film before!

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3 Comments:

Blogger Steven Hartley says...

Thanks for posting this draft, Hans!

It seems that Norm Ferguson and Tom Palmer's animation acting are much more genuine. I especially like Palmer's nice touch of Pluto winking at the audience during the "death" sequence...

An element of the May 1931 picture that astonishes me are the absence of animation discs, especially noticeable from Les Clark's desk. It must've been incredibly difficult to animate vertical pans without the benefit of them. Do you have a rough idea of when they became a requirement for all animators at Disney?

Friday, May 11, 2018 at 6:12:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Hans Perk says...

Hi Steven! It is an interesting question, one I have asked myself for many years. The problem is that between ca. 1931 (when nobody had discs) and 1938 (when everyone had discs), photos of animators at their desks are scarce as hen's teeth. The earliest photo I can find is of an assistant using a disc from 1936. I SUSPECT that the discs were taken in use when the studio changed from the two-hole to the 5-hole paper with Mickey's Garden in 1935. Call it an "educated guess..."

That said, I must add that, from a "having been in the business since the late 1970's" point of view, there is a distinct difference in use between animator/assistant and clean-up person. I have seen few animators/assistants actually turn their discs, and most found it a distraction more than a help, unless there indeed was a vertical pan to contend with. On the other hand, many clean-up persons rotated their discs constantly as they want to get their LINES "just so" which often meant that they wanted to keep their regular "swing" in their wrists, and just turn the discs under their hands to accommodate that. Of course, in the end, it's a personal thing. But I hope you get the general idea.

Friday, May 11, 2018 at 7:46:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Christian Svenningsen says...

It looks like those animators are having fun at their animation desks in that photo. Wish I could own one for private use, but then again, where would I have such a big drawing table? With the attention of LED Sketch Pad, I thought that would solve this problem. Then I could use it for animating instead of tracing artwork as shown on the advertisement video.

Just re-watched your Danish/French animated feature Asterix and the Vikings yesterday for comparing it with the Danish Melodi Grand Prix song Higher Ground which I call it a 'viking song' to my amusement.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 8:03:00 AM PDT  

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