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Monday, December 18, 2006

Prod. CM21 - Mickey's Orphans

Directed by Burt Gillett, this draft of 12/5/1931, the release date is four days later. Animation by Dave Hand, Joe D'Igalo, Jack King, Norm Ferguson, Gerry Geronimi, Tom Palmer, Hardie Gramatky, Ben Sharpsteen, Johnny Cannon and Dick Lundy.

This film is simple, yet charming and a bit odd. Why would Mickey even give saws and hammers to the orphans?
Available on Disney Treasures DVD "Mickey Mouse in B&W."

A thing I wondered about: in Neil Gabler's book on page 169 he writes of the first Leica Reels, and the note says: "Ben Sharpsteen, Answers to Questions submitted by Dave Smith, Sept. 1964." Is this Dave Smith the archivist, already then? I should have read it earlier, as I was sitting next to him at the Disney Legends ceremony...
[Update: it was obviously a typo: a later note says Sept. 1974]

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Anonymous Thad says...

Another request... Do you have the draft for Donald's "Fire Chief"? There's some awesome animation in that one who I'd love to know more about.

Thanks. Enjoyed finding out Emery worked on "A Gentleman's Gentleman".


Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at 2:43:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Thad, I'm sorry, but I do not have the Fire Chief draft.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at 2:17:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Thad says...

Anything by Kinney with Goofy? I want to know more about John Sibley's style to study them for technique.


Friday, December 22, 2006 at 4:09:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Thad - the 135 or so shorts drafts that I have are mainly Mickeys, with a few Donalds and Mickey/Donald/Goofys. Except for Goofy and Wilbur, there are no "standalone Goofys". The 36 that I have posted so far are a pretty good sampling of what I have...

Saturday, December 23, 2006 at 12:30:00 PM PST  
Anonymous the spectre says...

I know you said you hadn't many Donald drafts, but do you have any of the early Jack Hannah ones (eg The Eyes Have It, Donald's Off Day) - it would be interesting to know how they were "cast" since the animation credits seem pretty all-over-the-place. Or any of Lundy's?

Saturday, December 23, 2006 at 3:48:00 PM PST  
Anonymous FuelaFire says...

This is a bit off the post topic, but I was looking at the corresponding Michale Sporn post, where he posts the boards for the short. During this studio period, could you take a guess at how much the board artist worked with the animators/director before and during creating the boards? I’m wondering how much of this might have been left up to the board artist alone, and what was group effort.

Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 6:46:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

FuelaFire: There were several stages during the production of the Disney shorts, with different ways of working. There would not, though, in any of these stages be a close working relationship between boarders and animators. There would, however be more or less cooperation between boarders and the director. Sometimes, the director worked closely with the boards, at other times the boards were done before a director was chosen. The story dept. under direct supervision of Walt himself would normally be at the beginning of all this...

Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 12:37:00 PM PST  

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