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Monday, November 27, 2006

Prod. RM3 - The Clock Cleaners

Another timeless classic, this one directed by Mr. Benjamin Luther Sharpsteen (11/04/1895-12/20/1980). The date on the draft is the release date, 10/15/1937.

The Mickey/Donald/Goofy films around this time (on this blog see RM1 Lonesome Ghosts and RM5 Hawaiian Holiday) were cast pretty much similarly, and had many of the same animators, including Woolie Reitherman, Frenchy de Trémaudan (with at last an acting scene! A BIG one!) and Al Eugster. This episode also features Chuck Couch and Bill Roberts.

The auction catalog of the Horvath estate in the 70s had an interesting letter by Ferdinand Horvath called 'Surprise in Gags' in which he talked about the gags of Goofy up on the ladder. He thought it more interesting to have Goofy step over the hole in the ladder to then fall through a rung that seemed good. Seeing that Goofy was not conscience, it might have been hard to pull off...

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Anonymous David N says...

"Frenchy de Trémaudan (with at last an acting scene! A BIG one!)"

147-12 ft. ! How much was the average footage of a Disney animator in those days ? I've heard 25 - 30 ft. a week claimed for the animators at Schlesinger's during that time period , but have heard that footage requirements at Disney were considerably less. If "Frenchy" was averaging 7 feet a week that one scene took 21 weeks to animate !

Tuesday, November 28, 2006 at 7:13:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Mark Mayerson says...

Al Eugster told me that he animated the final shot of this film. I wonder if the draft is wrong or if Al just misremembered.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006 at 7:35:00 AM PST  
Anonymous the spectre says...

Thanks, Hans!

Seeing that Goofy was not conscience, it might have been hard to pull off...

I dunno... he could have just stepped over it without noticing it. He has long legs after all (and therefore long steps).

147-12 ft. !

One thing which this draft alerted me to about this cartoon is how long some of the shots are! (works it out on the conversion thing) That's over one and a half minutes of continuous animation! No way!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006 at 8:11:00 AM PST  

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