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Friday, November 16, 2012

Prod. 2074 - Peter Pan (IV)  - Seq. 03.0 - Flight to Neverland

Directed by Wilfred "JAXON" Jackson, laid out by MacLaren Stewart. Assistant director Mike Holoboff, secretary Toby (Tobelmann).
This FINAL draft dated 10/2/52.

Off to Neverland, folks!

Animation by Eric Larson, Don Lusk and Harvey Toombs (Peter, Wendy, John, Michael, Tink), Hal King (Peter, Wendy, John, Michael), Norm Ferguson (Nana), Clair Weeks (Tink). Again a pretty clear division of tasks, though we have three animators handling all characters.

Clair Weeks, who was Marc Davis' assistant, is credited for the scenes of Tink where she is larger in the field than in the other scenes. This could actually mean three things: 1) Weeks animated the scenes, 2) Davis planned them and passed the job of actually animating them to Weeks, and 3) Davis animated them, Weeks then assisted and became the contact person on the scenes - for as I wrote earlier, these sheets were created to designate responsibility. The only real way of figuring this out is looking at the scenes themselves - one can make stylistic judgements, of course, but the only proper way is looking at the scene folders and drawings, which may or may not exist and may or may not reside in the A.R.L...

(As always, I welcome comments, even if it's about the first time you saw the film or your meeting one of the animators etc.)

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Anonymous John V. says...

Eric Larson, Hal King, Don Lusk and Harvey Toombs animate scenes with all five characters together, but the only "new" bit of casting is that Don Lusk gets some scenes of Tink on her own... he and Harvey Toombs also get scenes where Wendy and Peter are prominent, while Hal King gets the scenes which focus on John and Michael.

It makes sense that Lusk would get the scenes with the swans and fish, as we've seen him animate incidental animals before. His scenes of Tink make sense as well, as he seems to have animated under Marc Davis' supervision in some sequences of Alice in Wonderland.

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 10:21:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

It's a rather lovely sequence to watch and certainly one of the highlights of the cartoon.

That umbrella gag animated by Hal King is a scene I always look that because of the very solid timing. Don Lusk animated the scenes with the fish? Called it.

Eric Larson was the most acknowledged animator on that sequence and yet he only animates a small part on his sequence - which is that long 48 feet scene of the characters flying in perspective. Must've been very difficult to stage and animate. Of course - that scene stands out more than the other animated scenes.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 7:05:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Zartok-35 says...

Is that a recording of an Ollie Wallace scoring session?

Jaxon is credited at the bottom of the list in the opening credits. I wouldn't be surprised if he goes away until the ending of the movie, when they come back to London.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 11:55:00 AM PST  

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