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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Prod.2001-Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs(VIII)

Seq. 5-A "Bedroom"
- Snow White by Ham Luske, Grim Natwick and Jack Campbell, dwarfs by Frank Thomas and Fred Moore.

Most of the scenes with the dwarfs are animated by Freddie Moore, who is mostly known as Mickey Mouse specialist with the facility of making appealing drawings. The opening scenes were drawn by his old assistant Frank Thomas who later came into his own and, of course, is known as one of Walt Disney's Nine Old Men, and much missed by those of us who called him our friend.

If you watch the special features on the new release of Snow White on Blu-Ray, you will find the scenes of the argument between Doc and Grumpy that were cut from the film, from halfway through scene 35 until the end of this sequence. That this might have been done after the premiere one could deduce from the fact that this draft is of 11/16/37, a little more than a month until the premiere, and the scenes are still in the picture! The Blu-Ray has pencil test, however, so there may not be surviving color footage.

Looking at the "deleted footage", note especially how Fred Moore's fight in scene 38E compares to the later fight around the tub as animated by Bill Tytla! Whereas Tytla's fight is a beautifully choreographed dance with each frame a new pleasing composition, Moore's scene is just a mess of fighting dwarfs. This round goes to Tytla, and thus it is no big surprise the sequence was shortened...

Point of order: John V., one of my most avid commenters, has made me aware that he will post some of his own thoughts and discoveries pertaining the Snow White drafts posted here, so I advise all to check out his blog The DarmokTheGreen Experience.
Great, John, but I hope you will keep commenting here, as well!

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Anonymous John V. says...

Thanks, Hans! I'll get another post up tomorrow.

According to Barrier's "Hollwood Cartoons", this was going to be Moore's "pilot" sequence, corresponding to Tytla's animation of the washing scene, but it hadn't been fully worked out yet so instead they gave Moore the scenes of Dopey and the soap, which were part of Tytla's sequence.

It seems it was still animated mostly by Moore (well, the dwarfs were), with a few peripheral scenes by Frank Thomas... which seems to have been the way they were using him at this point, as the guy who does the scenes that weren't important enough for Fred...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 5:02:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Zartok-35 says...

I wish these drafts listed the director and layout artists...They're part of the fun in all the this. Glad to have more drafts going up!

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 8:22:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous John V. says...

I agree, it's a shame that info's missing... however, it's been fairly common knowledge for some time that Wilfred Jackson directed the "Entertainment" (i.e. Silly Song) sequence and Perce Pearce directed the "Spooks" sequence, so the director, if not layout, information must be out there somewhere...

Friday, October 30, 2009 at 9:42:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

Ken O'Connor did layouts for "Witch at Cauldron - Prepares Apple" and "Queen Leaves Mirror - Prepares Disguise".

We know that Terrell Stapp did the final sequence of the film, and probably the Entertainment sequence.

Kenneth Anderson did layouts for the "Story Telling" sequence.

That's all my "layouts for Snow White" info I know...Any more?

Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 10:10:00 AM PDT  

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