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Friday, July 04, 2008

Prod. 2082 (Sleeping Beauty) - Seq. 08.0 Boy Meets Girl

Happy 4th of July, folks - to celebrate, here is the key sequence of the picture, the first one boarded! And it is a big one. With its estimated 925 feet (which is 10 minutes 16 seconds 16 frames),
it was by far the longest one, the fourth sequence "ok to ink."
Directed by Eric Larson, laid out by MacLaren Stewart.

Animation by Hal Ambro, Iwao Takamoto, Marc Davis, Les Clark (Rose), Hal King, Walt Stanchfield, Don Lusk, Cliff Nordberg, Blaine Gibson (animals), Milt Kahl (Prince & Samson the Horse), John Lounsbery (Prince, Horse and animals).

Scene 83 (Gibson/Takamoto) is the one being worked on in page 136 of Bob Thomas' The Art of Animation (1958). So who is the person with the pencil (and cigarette) also seen from the back in the picture on the following page?

This FINAL draft of 10/29/58...
Again, folks, feel free to comment! That's the way we learn things!

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Anonymous Michael J. Ruocco says...

This is a great scene in the film, but to me it's the animals (not Briar Rose, & definitely not Philip) that really pull me into the scene. Sure, Marc's Briar Rose scenes are beautifully executed in this scene, but it's the little woodland creatures (especially the owl & Samson) that grab most of my attention. It's a lot like in Snow White: for scenes where the heroine & her animal friends are in scene together, it's the animals who really captivate & steal the show.

I bet Kahl was probably very happy to animate some of these animal scenes here as a break from all of the 'dull' Prince stuff. I know he really hated animating 'bland' characters like the princes or Johnny Appleseed. John Lounsbery does some really nice animation of the owl-prince as well as the horse earlier on in the scene (Sc.13-17). Same with Don Lusk.

Once again, thanks Hans for doing all of this work. I know it's probably very hard for you to go through all of these drafts & scan 'em one by one & such. Thank you so much, man!

Friday, July 4, 2008 at 11:39:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous says...

I always thought the person with the cigarette was Blaine Gibson. Seems to share the same build with other photos of Gibson elsewhere.

Saturday, July 5, 2008 at 3:54:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Jesse Hamm says...

A thousand thanks for posting all these drafts, Hans. It's thrilling to finally get a look at exactly who drew what in these films! I've been poring over them for days, comparing the listings to the scenes in question, etc. Wonderful!

Allow me also to compliment you on Asterix and the Vikings. Gorgeous work; I wish it had received more attention here in the U.S.

I'll second that theory that Blaine Gibson is the man pictured in the photo (if it's the photo I'm thinking of). If you look on the yellow workflow sheet, in the upper right corner, you can see the name 'GIBSON' pencilled in.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 7:55:00 AM PDT  

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