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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Prod. UM12 - Ye Olden Days

Directed by Burt Gillett, music by Frank Churchill.
Released thru United Artists on 4/8/33.

Sadly the first page is missing on my copy, but what is left shows us the following animators: Ben Sharpsteen (supervising Art Babbitt, Marvin Woodward, Ham Luske, Johnny Cannon and probably more), Norm Ferguson, Dick Lundy, Les Clark, Tom Palmer and Jack King.

Sharpsteen was in charge of the up-and-coming animators in this period, which is why so many scenes bear his name. As an example, scene 21 has only his name indicated, but we have seen recently that it was animated by Ed Love. Only with access to more documents like this animation layout can we find the actual credits for Ben's scenes. [Addition:] Seconds ago I was thumbing through the Layout & Background book in the Archives series, and here I see that scene 11 is by "Ben/[Harry ]Reeves, while the layout for scene 33B has "Ben/[Jack ]Kinney" written on it!

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Anonymous John V. says...

This is presumably a reprint of the original draft, judging by the format - compare the two versions of the draft for "The Birthday Party". Also, the original version of the draft probably said "Dippy", as he is called in the cast list at the beginning, rather than "Goof".

Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 4:30:00 PM PST  
Anonymous John V. says...

There doesn't seem to be a 33B in this draft... does the scene in the layout look like it was actually used in the cartoon or was it maybe cut? (There are some colour layouts/'boards for "Symphony Hour" on the "Mickey Mouse in Living Color" DVD of scenes 34 and 35.1, plus an unusued scene 35... also, they are all attributed to Marvin Woodward instead of Kenneth Muse)

Friday, December 23, 2011 at 2:51:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Joe says...

I'm wondering if the "Tom" might be Bonfiglio rather than Palmer. Tom Bonfiglio worked on Father Noah's Ark around the same era and Palmer seems to have worked most recently on Santa's Workshop (US07.) (Of course I haven't seen drafts for UM07-UM11)

Sunday, December 25, 2011 at 6:37:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Hi Joe! I have seen some drafts that state "Bonfiglio," which leads me to believe that Tom normally always is "short" for Palmer, since at the time of this film they have used that for some time now...

Sunday, December 25, 2011 at 9:40:00 AM PST  
Anonymous John V. says...

Joe: You have the "Santa's Workshop" draft? How about "The Night Before Christmas"?

Monday, December 26, 2011 at 12:00:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

John V.: In the great reference book "Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies" by Russell Merritt and JB Kaufman, draft credit info is given in simple listing form for all films that have this info.

It is interesting to see that the crews on the two films (US7 & US14) have only Les Clark and "Ben Sharpsteen crew: Joe D'Igalo" overlapping...

Monday, December 26, 2011 at 5:10:00 PM PST  
Anonymous A Snow White Sanctum says...

This is some nice early stuff.

Monday, December 26, 2011 at 5:51:00 PM PST  

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