Please note: if an earlier link doesn't work, it may have changed following an update! Check the Category Labels in the side-bar on the right! There you can find animator drafts for sixteen complete Disney features and eighty-six shorts,
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Monday, May 22, 2006

Prod. 2229 - Mr. Duck Steps Out

Ok, NOT an A. Film proDUCKtion. Thought these might be nice to see... The film's usage of animation to music is something a lot of people nowadays still could learn a lot from, if they cared to.

Directed by Jack King, Asst. Dir. B. Newman, Layout Bill Herwig,
Secretary Marie Desnoit - this is draft no. 4 dated 10/10/1939.
My excuses for the relatively poor image quality - I only had quick snapshots of these, the originals are stored FAR away...

As noted several other places, these drafts were never historical documents, but road maps to the person responsible for the bulk of the drawings (Animator/Effects Animator). Often, mainly on features, the actual Supervising Animator is not credited.

(Note the notation for the footage: first the actual Screen Footage, then (with an * in front) the animation footage as e.g. "Scr" (= same as Screen Footage), "Scr & 1/2" (= 1.5 times Screen Footage) or "3/4'S" (= .75 times Screen Footage)).

Update: see the mosaics on Mark Mayerson's blog!

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Anonymous Mark Mayerson says...

This is one of my favorite Jack King Donald cartoons, just because the animation is so nice.

Thanks very much for posting the draft! I've got some questions about the animator's names, though.

Is it Les Clark or another Clark? I'm assuming it's Paul Allen, Phil Duncan, Don Towsley, Judge Whitaker, Volus Jones, Dick Lundy, Ken Muse, and Jim Armstrong. But who are the others? Is it Ray Patin? Emery Hawkins? And who are Peterson, Strickland, Clemmons, Morehouse, and R. Cox?

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 2:13:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Hi, Mark, and welcome :-)

That would be Ken Peterson, Edward T. Strickland, Larry G. Clemmons, Lee M. Morehouse and Rexford (Rex) Cox. I'm quite sure Clark is Les Clark.

Ken Peterson is a guess - he was the only Peterson at the studio in 1946. Larry Clemmons turns up as story artist later - I suspect this is him. Lee Morehouse and Paul Allen have done miles of animation on mainly Mickey shorts in the late 30s - and it is amazing we don't hear of them more often...

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 4:37:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Oh, and I'm quite sure of Ray M. Patin and Emery Hawkins, as well.
Ken Peterson appears often as more of an Assistant Director or Production Person, sending memos to animators on art classes and animation casting schedules for short films.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 4:48:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Didier Ghez says...

This is absolutely wonderful material! Between you, Michael Sporn, Michael Barrier, Mark Mayerson, Amid Amidi and Jenny Lerew, more has been done to share knowledge about the artists and history of Disney animation in a few months than had been achieved in many years previously. Please carry on posting more drafts all of you whomever you are, wherever you are, if you have some.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 12:46:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Thad says...

Oh man! Emery Hawkins worked on this? Another reason that makes it one of my very favorite Donald Duck films!

Thanks, Hans!

- Thad

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 1:13:00 PM PDT  

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