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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Prod. 2225 - The Autograph Hound

Directed by Jack King who picked it up 2/23/39.
Released 9/01/36, this FINAL draft dated 8/14/39.

Animated by Claude Smith, Ray Patin, Lee Morehouse, John Elliotte, Larry Clemmons, Ken Muse, Paul Allen, Dun(bar) Roman, Ed Love, Bob Stokes, Ken Peterson, Ward Kimball, Johnny Cannon, Judge Whitaker, Nick deTolly, Ozzie Evans, Rex Cox, John Dunn, Andy Engman, Emory Hawkins. (No Culhane as per IMDb, though!)

Some of these animators became heavyweights at studios other than Disney's, including obviously Muse and Hawkins. Ray Patin made commercials from the late 40's to the 60's. Others found other jobs within the company, like Ken Peterson who went into middle management, and Larry Clemmons who became a writer - after working on Bing Crosby's radio shows in the 40's and 50's.

A film of mixed drawing quality, but nothing hideously awful, really. Bob Stokes' scenes are especially nice, but Kimball's scenes stick out as the most inventive and over the top. But who could doubt that?

The background for the first scene was for sale recently...

Still terribly busy! Trying to get all animation for my film done within the next few weeks. So I may not be able to post much, but I will try!

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Anonymous Zartok-35 says...

I've always been skeptical with claims of John Dunn being at Disney in the 1930s and 40s, but this draft makes things very clear; there were ALOT of people around earlier than I thought! There is alot to take in here, especially the last few pages. Thanks for sharing.
Oh, and you might want to check again about Jack Kinney directing this.

Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 10:03:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Doh! Typing too quickly!
NEY has become K.
Of course! Thanks!

Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 10:52:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous John V. says...

I'm intrigued by those hand-written notes at the top of the page - mentioning Dick Lundy as a possible co-director, Leigh Harline as music composer... and a note above that which I can't make out- might be "Story - Tom [somebody]".

Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 8:52:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous John V. says...

Also, this has got to be the highest number of individual animators on a short, although a fair few of them only animate a couple of seconds of the montage. A lot of the scenes seem fairly arbitrarily assigned, except for Paul Allen on the Mickey Rooney section, Dun Roman on Armetta, and Robert Stokes on Sonja Henie.

They seem to have put more effort into designing the caricatures than giving them very much to do - they almost behave like live improv actors being assigned a character they don't know much about, and so just doing some generic comic business and flailing their arms about. Anyone know why Mickey Rooney is behaving like Screwy Squirrel or the Aracuan bird?

Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 8:57:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

The name at the top seems to be Tom Holmwilow. I have not heard that name before nor have I been able to find anything like that on the web. I do not know who annotated the drafts, or when.

I also see someone added the names of the draft to IMDb! That was quick! Some 'issues' are still there, but anyways...

Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 11:25:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

N-I-C-E. This is 'Ace'.

The animators do a satisfying job. Emery Hawkins's style isn't so distinctive in this cartoon although I suppose he was just a junior animator at that time. Ken Muse probably just started animating around this time; as he animates minimum.

Bob Stokes' animation is very solid and probably my favourite of the whole cartoon, I'd say. Noticing that Stephen Fetchit makes an appearance in this short (briefly) - I don't understand his appeal? He's even been caricatured a lot in other studios...

Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 2:56:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Tom Islava says...

Somehow i'm not really surprised that Ward animated most of stuff with the Ritz Brothers.

Monday, June 4, 2012 at 8:21:00 PM PDT  

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