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Friday, January 26, 2007

Prod. 2004 Seq. 7 - Sorcerer's Apprentice

OK, here it is: the Sorcerer's Apprentice, the film that originated the "Concert Feature" (Fantasia) as recorded in glorious Fantasound by Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra, based on the story and the music of Paul Dukas' L'Apprenti Sorcier, which in turn was based on Goethe's 1797's "Die Zauberlehrling" which was based on Philopseudes by Lucian of Samosata...

Directed by James Algar, this draft 3/6/1940 - released 11/13/1940, re-released in 1946, 1956, 1963, 1969, 1977, 1982, 1985, 1990, and part of Fantasia/2000, released 12/17/1999.

James Algar (1912-1988) started as animator, and later directed Mr. Toad and the True-Life Adventures. Layouts by Zack Schwartz. Yen Sid the Sorcerer (Disney backwards, only named so in the comics, not in the film/draft) by Bill Tytla, and Mickey & Brooms by Riley Thomson, Les Clark, Marvin Woodward, Preston Blair, Ed Love, Art Palmer and Bob Wickersham. Effects by Ugo D'Orsy, Cornett Wood, Dan McManus, George Rowley, Josh Meador, Cy Young and a Dawson.

A most ambitious Mickey Mouse on all levels...
Note: there is no info on any of the 2 different Fantasia drafts I have on who did the scene of Mickey shaking Stoki's hand in silhouet!

Back in Denmark for a while, where I only have few shorts drafts at my disposal...



Anonymous the spectre says...

Wouldn't it be Art Palmer, not Tom?

Friday, January 26, 2007 at 6:23:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

the spectre, I suspect you are right, after checking Alberto's site - I was so used to writing Tom, that I didn't stop to think - so, thanks. I changed it.
I do think we need someone to write a book on Tom Palmer and the others that made up the Disney crew of the early 30s!

Friday, January 26, 2007 at 6:35:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Kent B says...

Thanks for posting this. I agree Disney in the early to mid thirties was an incredibly dynamic organization. A time when the nine old men (except Les Clark) were all newcomers.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at 10:37:00 AM PST  
Anonymous FantasiaMan says...

The scene of Mickey waking from his dream by Preston Blair was actually the first scene animated in the film.

I'm so grateful that these drafts are accesible to animation enthusiasts & animators-to-be like myself. It's such a help. Thanks again for this, Hans!

Monday, February 26, 2007 at 8:12:00 PM PST  

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