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Friday, June 26, 2009

Prod. RM7 - The Boat Builders

The draft for Boat Builders shows none of the star names of many of the other shorts. E.g. we will not find Fred Moore or Norm Ferguson. Small wonder, as at this time they were busy finishing up on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

This Mickey short was therefor animated by Louie [Schmidtt], Chuck Couch, Eddie Strickland, Frenchy de Trémaudan, Gerry Geronimi, Paul Satterfield, Archie Robin and [Don] Patterson.

It does bring home the fact that the experienced animators Frenchy and Geronimi were not considered "good enough" to animate on the feature, as they were animating alongside those who likely used to be their assistants in the early 30s, Schmidtt, Couch, Strickland and Robin, while Satterfield and Patterson were relative newcomers to the Disney studio.

Looking at the numbering of the scenes, it looks like there were quite some adjustments, maybe after preview, especially on draft page two. Where on the draft is the scene "We'll call her the Queen Minnie"? I suspect there are several scenes that are so called "Camera Cuts" where the scene continues on the same background and exposure sheet, but the field shifts without panning, immediately at the new location.
As Mickey says, "All you do is put it together."

The film can be found on the 2001 Treasures DVD - Mickey Mouse in Living Color, or, on YouTube subtitled in Dutch here.

Directed by Ben Sharpsteen, released two months after Snow White's premiere, on 2/25/38. This draft dated 10/26/37...

I excuse my erratic posting schedule with my being busy.
I know, it's a lame excuse...

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Anonymous John V. says...

Thanks for this! I always welcome these kinds of shorts drafts!

Oddly enough, I remember watching this cartoon a couple of years ago and trying to figure out which scenes were "camera cuts". Looking at it again I suspect the scene you mentioned of Mickey announcing "We're call her the Queen Minnie!" is part of scene 2 "Three characters looking at catalogue."

Saturday, June 27, 2009 at 1:15:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

I remember watching this as part of a VHS called "Mickey and the Gang" with a collection of shorts of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy, and this short was one of them, and I was always entertained by this cartoon.

I was quite surprised that there are mainly underrated people working on this short, I expected people like Art Babbitt, Fred Moore or even Dick Lundy working on it, or something.

Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 3:01:00 PM PDT  

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