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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Prod. 2006 - Dumbo (XXII)

Seq. 19.1 "'I've Seen Everything' Song"
Directed by Jack Kinney , assistant director Lou Debney, layout Don DaGradi.
This FINAL draft dated 6/25/41.

Mostly birds by Ward Kimball, one of the scenes by Walt Kelly, with Fred Moore animating Timothy, and one scene by Don Towsley.
Effects by Miles Pike, George Rowley, [George] Baker, Sandy Strother, [?] Wilson, Jerome Brown and Dan Macmanus.

This is certainly one of the highlights of the movie. Why? Because it is enjoyable, entertaining, snappy, with great characters and fun music - and animation worthy of Kimball.

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Anonymous Zartok-35 says...

This is, hands down, the best sequence in the movie. -And I'm not saying that because I'm a racist. I just really like how the nature and tempo of the fim drastically change when the crows show up. Mind you, thats just the sort of thing Jack Kinney and Ward Kimball would do.

I always thought Walt Kelly did shot 2.

Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 4:15:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Zartok-35 says...

For the record, I don't think this is racist at all. It's too enjoyable! I hope I didn't offend anyone with tha remark.

Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 4:40:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Now what is this about it being racist? When did all minorities loose their sense of humor? Or is it because they are crows and there were those obviously awful Jim Crow laws? This is 2010 - should that not finally be water under the bridge now?

The characters in this sequence are caricatures depicting real people. It wouldn't work, otherwise! They are much less stereotypical than some of the REAL people of same minority nowadays! Look at a good deal of rappers on YouTube, and you will have to agree with me. Therefore, let us all cool down. One could even make a point that Disney did more for the advancement of minorities than any other film producer of the time, through his integration of minorities in his pictures!

Song of the South, to mention the most talked about of these films, is not a racist movie, it is a movie made in a period with its own sensibilities. It's not portraying slaves either, it's about the Reconstruction period. It was NEVER intended to poke fun at a certain race. Joel Chandler Harris was a journalist and a folklorist: he wrote them as he heard them, and the Disney version even pulled it into the mainstream. Anyone who thinks otherwise should put some time into researching things.

The "red men" in Peter Pan are not racist: they are caricatures of how the minority was perceived for many years by many people - they embody what in my childhood were called "Indians". It was NOT meant to poke fun at Native Americans.

Really - Native Americans should indicate people born in America, whatever their skin color happens to be. I mean - grow up, people!
Let's all respect each other, and try to earn the respect of others.

I am not prone to political comment, but, in the words of Jiminy Cricket, enough is enough...

Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 5:19:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

The song "When I see an Elephant Fly" is excellent, and I really do not think that its supposed to be racist, they're just supposed to be a joke.

I mean for example the Indians in Peter Pan "What Made the Red Man Red" is not really that racist, one of the lyrics was, "What made the Red Man Red, let's go back a million years to the very first Indian Prince, he kissed a maid, and starts to blush, and has always been blushing since." I just think its a terrible pun, not racist.

Besides I really like the puns for this sequence, like the crows saying, "Have you ever seen an elephant fly?"
"No, but I've seen a horse fly!"
"And I've seen a dragon fly!"
"And I've seen a house fly"

Good jokes for the sequence, and excellent animation from Ward Kimball, I thought that Eric Larson could have one minor scene of Dumbo in the sequence, but so far he doesn't seem to have animated a scene, even though he was an "uncredited animator".

Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 12:57:00 AM PDT  

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