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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Prod. 2110 (101 Dalmatians) - Seq.017 The Happy Ending

Directed by Ham Luske, laid out by MacLaren Stewart and Don Griffith.

From an animation standpoint, the draft for this last sequence is a bit of a let-down, as several scenes, mainly involving dogs, had not yet been assigned--or at least not yet noted on this draft. And yet this was the one that was used for reference, in this case in the BG Morgue (which could explain it). We find Milt Kahl for most of the assigned scenes, and Cliff Nordberg animating Nanny Cook.
If someone has a final draft of this sequence, I'd gladly post it...

This THIRD draft of 4/7/60...
Thus ends the draft of One Hundred and One Dalmatians. I remember seeing it in the mid 70s in a cinema in Amsterdam where it for many, many years was the only film they ran. It may not have many "Magical Moments," but it is a very entertaining 79 minute escape, with wonderful animation, not only by Milt Kahl, Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, but by a slew of lesser-known but very accomplished artists who deserve recognition for their wonderful work.

The film, having saved animation at the Disney Studios by having been made for "only" approx. 4 million dollars, has through the years grossed 224 million worldwide, which in itself is a statement on its longevity and entertainment value. One if the reasons for its longevity, I believe is that it is in itself timeless, as it was set in the past - released in 1961, it was set in 1952. As we can read on IMDb: "When the Baduns are talking on the phone to Cruella, they are holding a newspaper. The only headline on the front page (apart from the dognapping) is CARLSEN SPEAKS, and a picture of a capsized ship. This helps us to date the story, since the Carlsen in question is Kurt Carlsen, captain of the freighter Flying Enterprise, which sank after a prolonged struggle in the Atlantic. This was the media event of the year in 1952."

Remember to check out Mark Mayerson's mosaics and John Canemaker's stats of Bill Peet's storyboard on Mike Sporn's blog!

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Anonymous Michael J. Ruocco says...

Thanks again for these drafts, Hans! I've been so immersed in them that I can't even describe how much I've learned. Cheers to you!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at 5:34:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

Ronald Searle, (famous cartoonist, wrote St. Trinians) his work was influenced by the animators of the film, and the layout artists, as it said so at the Cartoon Museum in London, I went to yesterday.

Friday, June 4, 2010 at 4:13:00 AM PDT  

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