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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Ground Hog - Character Design

The 1930 Silly Symphony "Winter," CS-14, was laid out in September 15 to 27, animated September 16 to October 10, with backgrounds by the gentlemen in my previous post. It was delivered 10/22/30.

A central character in the film is the ground hog, animated first by Jack King, then dancing by Tom Palmer.
Groundhog by Jack KingGroundhog by Tom Palmer
Jack KingTom Palmer

Here is a drawing I aquired a year ago: it was among the amazing documents that the film's director Burt Gillett gave to "little Jeannie" when he moved to New York back in 1934...
Three Groundhogs for CS-14 Winter<< Click to enlarge!

A note about the coloring of drawings of this period: it was the convention to paint areas indicated in blue pencil with #1 Grey, in red pencil with #2 Grey, unless a number was written in the red color...



Anonymous Michael Sporn says...

That drawing is a treasure. Most of my favorite animation art comes from that period.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 4:45:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous rosscompose says...

Again, great drawings! I could not agree more with Mike. Are there any drawings of the first Ugly Duckling?

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 1:22:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Ross, I don't have anything from that first Ugly Duckling. (Sadly, Mike isn't around anymore to spring surprises on us. After we lost him, blog posting wasn't as fun...)

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 2:03:00 PM PST  

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