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, June 05, 2006

Prod. UM37 - Mickey's Grand Opera

Well, that's it for a week... I will be at the animation festival in Annecy from Tuesday to Sunday.
Our feature film Asterix and the Vikings is in competition, as is one of our commercials. And the short film that our Estonian branch made is shown in the Panorama program. See our homepage for more precise info about our studio representation in this wonderful French town. It's my 16th time down there since 1979.

To make up for my being away, here is a Lundy & Clark fest, Mickey's Grand Opera. Directed by Wilfred Jackson. With a sign by Cy Young and three scenes by Paul Hopkins, the rest by Dick Lundy, Les Clark, Norm Ferguson and Gilles Armand “Frenchy” De Trémaudan.
Final draft of 9/28/1935.
Now - we can ask ourselves, what did the good folks at the studio think about it, themselves? And interestingly enough - we can find out! Because here is the transcript of the Action Analysis Class led by Don Graham of 2/20/1936, five month after the draft, but nearly three weeks before the short's general release 3/7/1936!
We join Don Graham, probably from 7pm to 9pm on this Thursday, and a class of sixty (!), including Bill Shull, Nick Nichols1, George Drake, Frank Thomas1 and Jim Algar. (1 I guess... Any other possibilities?)
So take out your DVD "Walt Disney Treasures - Mickey Mouse in Living Color" (Vol.1 Disc 1) - and see for yourself!

Note: please keep leaving comments - I may not be able to moderate them before I return, but I would like to know what you think. Oh - and have a look at the intro of our showreel, below!

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Anonymous Mark Mayerson says...

Hi Hans. Have a good time at Annecy. I hope that you'll write up your thoughts about the films and the state of the business when you return. Good luck to A. Film's entries.

Monday, June 5, 2006 at 4:24:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Thanks a lot, Mark - I will, and will return to this international forum with my findings.

I just noticed that visitors from Russia and Syria joined the list on the right of the page.
29 countries. Who'd have thought... ;-)

Monday, June 5, 2006 at 5:50:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Boris Hiestand says...

Hoi Hans-ik loop achter! je hebt een blog en A-Film zit nu ook in L.A.??

allebei goed nieuws! Gweldige notes hier- ik kom snel terug voor meer! veel plezier in Annecy

Thursday, June 8, 2006 at 1:54:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Thanks - the sun is shining, the food is good... The best show so far was a program of 12 Silly Symphonies ;-)

Thursday, June 8, 2006 at 6:46:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Brian Meyer says...

In the Action Analysis of "Mickey's Grand Opera" Donald Graham is talking about Scene 3 and he says:

" In a colored picture there is always a certain amount of adjustment necessary by the spectator for the eye to register color, no matter what the scene is. Letting the spectator adjust himself to the fact that he is looking at a colored picture thru lengthening this scene, would have helped more to build the mood of the whole picture....."

Would you say that this statement would apply only to the eye of an audience of that time period, due to the fact that the majority of motion pictures they saw were in b/w or would it apply to today's audience as well? Even though our eyes are used to seeing color everywhere from movies, fast cutting MTV style television, video games, etc.

Sunday, June 11, 2006 at 10:04:00 AM PDT  

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