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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Prod. 2519 - The Rescuers (VI)  - Seq. 3.1 - The Pawn Shop - Part 1

Directed by John Lounsbery and Art Stevens, assistant director Rick Rich, layout by Joe Hale.
This FINAL draft of 3/18/77.

We find animation by Dale Baer, Tad Stones (second sighting), Gary Goldman, Don Bluth (all sharing scenes with Bernard and Bianca) and Milt Kahl animating his marvelous Madam Medusa.

It is interesting to see Milt share his Medusa scenes with Dale Baer and Don Bluth. Obviously Milt planned these - but how much was done by whom?

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Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

Very interesting!!

John Lounsbery and Art Stevens were both credited as 'directors' on the film and they share a sequence!! Like in the 'Dumbo' draft when Bill Roberts shared his sequences with John Elliotte.

I like the Milt Kahl animation of the ugly Medusa, but what I dislike about the development of Medusa is the voice...I just don't think it matches right!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 9:50:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Anyone agreeing with Steven that Geraldine page's voice does not match the character? I must say that I have grown up with these scenes, so in my mind they are JUST right...

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 10:17:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Michael J. Ruocco says...

Geraldine Page's performance is absolutely wonderful. She really puts a lot into it. I could never imagine anyone else to voice her. Nobody I can think of is that strong or convincing enough for the character.

And Milt Kahl loved her too. I remember hearing that old recording of Milt Kahl that Clay Kaytis' put up on his podcast, and they play this scene to the CalArts kids. And Milt's just going on about all the great juicy bits of dialogue he's animating to. I bet he had a fantastic time working on that character.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 10:45:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

If nobody agrees them, well I'm entitled to my own opinion.

There's been many voices I've heard that I thought was miscast!! So maybe the voice of Medusa DOES match!

Oh, I'm back in England after a 7-hour flight - hardly got any sleep on air but I managed to sleep for several hours this morning!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 4:43:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous John V. says...

I recognise some of these names - specifically Tad Stones and Chuck Harvey - from late 80s/early 90s "silver age" TV animation!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 4:48:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

Yeah, I remember when 'The Small One' draft was posted and I never even heard of Chuck Harvey, Bill Hajee and I only vaguely remember the name John Pomeroy somewhere! Now, I'm used to it!

Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 12:57:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous spokeshave says...

When I worked with the late Stan Green, he said that Don Bluth and his gang were working down the hall and he didn't have a clue what they were up to down there. The way Stan spoke I can't believe that Milt would let them go near any Madusa scenes, Milt only trusted Stan with his work. Unless the top floor were quietly sneaking scene to them to add there stuff after Stan was done with them? There was alot of bad feeling about back then!

Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 3:43:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous John V. says...

"It is interesting to see Milt share his Medusa scenes with Dale Baer and Don Bluth. Obviously Milt planned these - but how much was done by whom?" - Hans Perk [OP]

Well, Milt animated Medusa, while Don Bluth and Dale Baer animated the mice. In this sequence, as in others, it seems that Baer was working under Bluth, but this doesn't appear to have been the case on all sequences.

Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 1:54:00 PM PDT  

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