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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Prod. 2346 - Mickey's Delayed Date

Mickey and Pluto go to meet Minnie: much ado about tickets.
The animation can be said to be more stylized and even more crude than previously, though this is obviously a matter of taste. Personally I prefer earlier Mickey shorts - especially the very early ones.

After WWII, a new group of people animated the shorts. Though generally considered the second-string animators, not capable of feature work, they were often top artists in their craft, as in this film with Bob Youngquist (1905-1996), George Kreisl (1913-1988), Harry Holt (1911-2004), George Nicholas (1910-1996), Jerry Hathcock (1911-1997) and Marvin Woodward (1905-1971), most of whom had been at it for many years at this time. Effects by Andy Engman (1911-2004) and Jack Boyd (1916-1998). Layouts Karl Karpe (1899-1984), backgrounds Art Landy. Music by Ollie Wallace (1887-1963).

By the way: of those mentioned, the only artists still at the studio in 1967 after Walt's passing were Bob Youngquist and the effects animators--and there was a Karl Karpe in the Transportation Dept.

Directed by Charles Nichols (1910-1992), this draft of 3/6/46, released 10/3/47 (that's more like Mickey's Delayed Release!).

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Anonymous Thad says...

I loathe Nichols' shorts. They have good animation, but they tear apart everything that Mickey Mouse stands for.

I have seen the Anti-Christ... And it is "Mickey and the Seal"!

- Thad

Monday, August 7, 2006 at 7:32:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Hi, Thad - I didn't want to put it quite as strongly, but I do agree! As to your 'hate' film, Mickey and the Seal:
- It starts with 17 Hugh Fraser scenes
- then 18 George Kreisl scenes,
- followed by 16 Phil Duncan scenes
- then 21 George Nicholas scenes
- and ends with a scene by Hugh Fraser.
(from 10/9/47 draft).

I had not seen a film so split up in scenes like that before, especially as the scenes in the early 30s were dealt out as artists were done with the previous scene...

Tuesday, August 8, 2006 at 12:46:00 AM PDT  

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