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,
as well as Action Analysis Classes and many other vintage animation documents!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Prod. UM15 - Mickey's Gala Premier

Another request. Directed by Burt Gillett with music by Frank Churchill, released 7/1/1933. Again Ben Sharpsteen in his role as first Supervising Animator. Moore and Babbitt are now flying on their own power, and Cy Young does effects.

This I lifted straight from IMDb: This cartoon was the last thing to be broadcast on BBC television on 1 September 1939, two days before England declared war on Germany. It was thought that the VHF signal from the broadcast would serve as a homing beacon for the enemy planes closing in on London. This cartoon was also the first thing broadcast when BBC television resumed broadcasting on 7 June 1946. The continuity announcer, Jasmine Bligh, introduced the cartoon by saying, "Now then, as we were saying before we were so rudely interrupted." [Do we know this to be factual?]

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Anonymous Michael Sporn says...

It's a great story even if it's not true. I'll choose to believe it. It's also a great short. Amazing how many fabulous films Burt Gillett directed at Disney's. The book "Celebrity Caricature in America" includes some beautiful pencil drawings from this film as well as others from Mother Goose Goes Hollywood.

Monday, January 22, 2007 at 5:45:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Kent B says...

Hi, Hans

I just discovered this site - it is really fantastic to see these "drafts" and other documents from the '30s when Disney's studio was creating the modern animation industry.

One of my first jobs in animation was doing inbetweens for Ed Love, and he said he did a lot of work on "Sorcerer's Apprentice". Do you have drafts for this? I know Moore, Tytla and Blair also worked on it.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 10:03:00 AM PST  
Anonymous the spectre says...

Now those would be good drafts to have! I wonder if Les Clark did Mickeys introduction - he tended to do character introductions around this time.

Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 5:35:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Mickey in the first scenes of Sorcerer's Apprentice were by Riley Thomson. I cannot see Fred Moore's name there...
Kent, I'm glad you like the stuff!

Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 11:40:00 PM PST  

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