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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Prod. 2006 - Dumbo (VIII)

Seq. 07.0 "Elephants Gossip"
Directed by Wilfred Jackson, assistant director Jacques [Roberts?], layout Terrell Stapp.
This 4th draft dated 5/1/41.

Elephants by Bill Shull, Milt Neil and Bill Tytla. Timothy Mouse by Woolie Reitherman. Effects by Dan MacManus, Jerome Brown, Art Palmer, Miles Pike and George Rowley.

It is again a bit interesting to see how the animators were credited. Take sc. 38: Bill Shull animated the elephants stampede. He is credited with "S& 3/4" which means 1.75 times Screen Footage, while the effects animator Palmer gets "1/8 S" or 178th of the Screen Footage. A crowd of elephants would not even get twice the Screen Footage. Things like this never seem fair - especially to the animator. (Been there, done that...)

Sometimes, like in sc. 1.1 and sc. 3, adjustments are made after the footage is awarded, like - a held drawing might be held longer. In sc. 1.1, Shull is awarded "3/4" but 3/4 of 12 is 9-0, not 5-0. MacManus is awarded "3/8 S" and 3/8 of 12 ft. is 4-08, not 8-0. In this case it looks like both have been re-evaluated during a sweatbox meeting, as directors could decide these things there, I have noticed from the notes in my possession. Anyway, this seems to be the reason that the actual awarded footage credtis are stated here - because they do not match the calculation that ws set previously.

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Anonymous John V. says...

Specifically, Milt Neil animates Dumbo, Vladimir Tytla the scenes of the elephants gossiping, and Bill Shull the one scene of Mrs Jumbo and of the other elephants scared of Timothy.

Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 5:08:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

We see Woolie Reitherman's Timothy Mouse, and I think he handled it wonderfully!

Friday, April 30, 2010 at 10:29:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Zartok-35 says...

I'm surprised Bill Shull handles the stampede/fear scenes. I always figured it would have been 'Dance of the hours' alumni, with the way it looks and all.

Friday, April 30, 2010 at 12:01:00 PM PDT  

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