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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Prod. 2004 - Fantasia (VI)  - Seq. 5.3 & 5.4 (Nutcracker: Dance of the Reed Flutes & Arabian Dance)

Directed by Sam Armstrong, assisted by [Norman] Wright and Lloyd Richardson. Layout by Al Zinnen. These pages dated 6/24/40 & 8/19/40.

Animation by Cy Young, Sandy Strother, Brad Case, [Hawley] Pratt, Frank Follmer, Josh Meador, Cornett Wood, Jim Will, John Reed, and especially notable, the Fish-ballerina by Don Lusk.

Hawley Pratt is one of those many names that we really do not know from Disney's, but who was educated there, just like other notables like Izzy Ellis, Emery Hawkins or Ken Muse. Nice to see him turn up here!

(Thanks, John V. and Zartok-35 for reminding me of Norman Wright!)

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Anonymous John V. says...

It appears Cy Young animated the dancing flowers.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 12:28:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

Yes, Cy Young was long credited for his work on the dancing flowers, it is said in Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston's "The Illusion of Life". I always liked the animation in it; and I remember in my school when there was a board called "THE BIG DRAW" and you had to draw something that's nature, and I got a frame of the scene on my iPod and I copied it, and it isn't bad!

Don Lusk's animation of the Arabian Fish Dance is just stunning, and he's an underrated animator out there!

Oh, I should point out that Don Lusk is in fact still alive, yes Joe Campana told me and said that he'll soon interview him, he said that Lusk is still in good shape, and asked me if I had questions to answer for Don and I had a few! He's 97 years old and was born on October 28th 1913. Alberto's page have got this ALL wrong - they said that Lusk died in 1971.

Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 12:53:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

Well, Hawley Pratt later had a big career working for Warner Bros. for many years as a layout artist on Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies, working on many shorts.

Albertopage mention him as a character designer at Disney on Snow White and Pinocchio, and an assistant animator earlier.

Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 9:52:00 AM PST  

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