Sunday, 27 June 2010

Blabs on Dumbo (VI)


I've decided that I will post some Dumbo stuff when I'm in the mood, because there's plenty of stuff I want to go through!!

Sequence 5 - Circus Parade

Directed by Norm Ferguson (Pluto animator) and the layout by Ken O'Connor.

A rather short sequence, and it isn't really one of my favourite sequences, and although it isn't really much funny to me, the only part I like is the Gorilla in the cage and accidentally rips off a bar from a cage, and it was animated by an animator I've never heard before once I saw the draft, Van Kaufman, who seemed to have worked for Fergie and O'Connor in other sequences.

However, there are some scenes that are unassigned and even the last scenes of Dumbo tripping into a pile of mud, but as a guess, I think that John Lounsbery could have done the Dumbo, since he has done most of the Dumbo animation in Norm Ferguson's sequences.

Sequence 06.0 - "Menagerie - Mrs. Jumbo Goes Berserk!"

Wilfred Jackson (director) and Terrell Stapp (layout)

What's interesting about this sequence is that it starts off all nice, soft, bubbly and calm music with BEAUTIFUL animation by Vladimir "Bill" Tytla, who animates Dumbo and her mummy, with the effects by Art Palmer, Sandy Strother and Cornett Wood (shadows by Wood and Strother).

However, as their playtime is over, trouble happens next, and then those pesky kids (Lampwick lookalike) is animated by Claude Smith (who has a very similar pattern to Fred Moore's style), and they all start teasing baby Dumbo because of his enormous ears, and one of those boys blows in Dumbo's ears, which turns Mrs. Jumbo berserk! Bill Shull takes over Mrs. Jumbo and animates her all angry and furious while the roustabouts are arresting her, and the Ringmaster tries to sort her out in a bad way.

Pogo artist, Walt Kelly, animates the Ringmaster, and he does wonderful animation. To be honest with you, Pogo is one of those comics I've overlooked, and they don't seem famous to be and doesn't appeal to me, I know the drawings are fine, but I've never became a fan of it and I had no interest in reading it, I know I can't judge the book by its cover!

However, the roustabouts who chain Mrs. Jumbo with ropes seemed to have been animated by Walt Kelly, Bill Shull and Jack Campbell, I find Campbell's animation in the film very strange because about all his animation in this film doesn't have a face, and it would be really nice to see more of his work in the film, like he could have animated the crowds in the Clown performance!

Bless Mrs. Jumbo, she was just doing what a mother can do!

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Pinocchio Casting!

Hey everybody,
Today I'll be doing something apart from Dumbo, like I've done on Blabs on Dumbo (II), I've spent hours of counting the animators names and counting how many scenes an animator in the film did on Mark Mayerson's mosaics and Hans Perk's Pinocchio draft.

Pinocchio, I think, is one of Walt Disney's greatest films, as well as one of the best films of all time! I own a book called 1001 Films You Must See Before You Die! and Pinocchio is listed as one of them. One of the reasons why I love Pinocchio is because I love the fact of how Walt Disney got rid of all those cute cartoonie drawings of the Seven Dwarfs, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck or Pluto, and produced a lot of excellent animation and art direction. However, it seems that so many people worked on the film, since so, so many animators worked on the film! However, Bill Peet said in his words that "...Walt thought that if they had ten times as many people, they'd do it ten times as fast!"
However on the screen credits, here are the number of scenes animated by an animator:
  • Fred Moore - 40 scenes (Lampwick, Gepetto)
  • Bill Tytla - 55 scenes (Stromboli, Gepetto)
  • Milt Kahl - 71 scenes (Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket)
  • Frank Thomas - 61 scenes (Pinocchio, Pinocchio as puppet)
  • Ward Kimball - 47 scenes (Jiminy Cricket)
  • Art Babbitt - 73 scenes (Gepetto)
  • Eric Larson - 58 scenes (Figaro and Cleo, Donkeys, Marionettes)
  • Woolie Reitherman - 93 scenes (Monstro the Whale, Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio)
  • Jack Campbell - 32 scenes (Blue Fairy, Marionettes)
  • Ollie Johnson - 69 scenes (Pinocchio)
  • Berny Wolf - 40 scenes (Jiminy Cricket)
  • Don Towsley - 50 scenes (Jiminy Cricket)
  • Don Lusk - 41 scenes (Figaro and Cleo, Pesky Boys, Fish Creatures)
  • John Lounsbery - 14 scenes (Honest John and Gideon)
  • Norman Tate - 20 scenes (Honest John and Gideon)
  • Jack Bradbury - 21 scenes (Figaro, Donkeys)
  • Charles Nichols - 25 scenes (Honest John and Gideon, Coachman)
  • Don Patterson - 34 scenes (Juke Boxes, Clocks)
  • Preston Blair - 6 scenes (Honest John and Gideon)
  • Les Clark - 44 scenes (Pinocchio)
  • Marvin Woodward - 21 scenes (Pinocchio)
  • Hugh Fraser - 11 scenes (Honest John and Gideon)
  • John Elliotte - 41 scenes (Jiminy Cricket)
  • Just to name a few uncredited animators:
  • Walt Kelly - 12 scenes (Gepetto)
  • Murray McClennan - 12 scenes (Figaro)
  • Paul Busch - 19 scenes (Jiminy Cricket [small size])
  • Harvey Toombs - 23 scenes (Pinocchio)
  • Bill Shull - 26 scenes (Gepetto, Juke Boxes)
  • Frank Grundeen - 9 scenes (Fish creatures)
  • Milt Neil - 12 scenes (Pinocchio)
  • Art Palmer - 45 scenes
  • Josh Meador - 65 scenes
  • Don Tobin - 54 scenes
  • George Rowley - 97 scenes
  • John McManus - 100 scenes (inc. Tuna, Seagulls)
    No Robert Martsch (not mentioned in draft)
A few undcredited effect animators to mention
  • Ed Aardal - 54 scenes
  • Cornett Wood - 54 scenes
  • Ugo D'Orsi - 44 scenes
  • Sandy Strother - 40 scenes
  • George De Beeson - 51 scenes
  • Andy Engman - 33 scenes
That's all for my animators' list! and it seems that John McManus did most of the animation than any of them, he is credited for a lot of the seagulls in the Monstro sequences, tuna fish, and some effect scenes! and it seems that Art Palmer's effects scenes appear much later in the film, since he hardly appears in the earlier stuff! A lot of effects animators are in this film (so much to mention), and it seems that is has one of the most effects animation in a Disney film!
[[Addition]] George De Beeson, a lesser-known effects artist that only a few of us heard about and his name appears in a lot of the early scenes of the picture (mainly shadows I guess), and then about after the sequence when Honest John and the Coachman are in the pub talking about selling kids to Pleasure Island, his name doesn't seem to appear afterwards!!
For the character animation: Woolie does the most work on the characters (94 SCENES!), and mostly later in the film, and he did a lot of Jiminy Cricket in the later sequences and does the scenes of Pinocchio and the Russian dancers, and Pinocchio trying to do the Russian dance, is very funny!
I love Ward Kimball's animation of the film: its juicy, appealing and really well-done! However, Woolie's Jiminy isn't as appealing, because Woolie draws Jiminy with a rather older-look and a round head which is more different than Kimball's drawings. However, Don Towsley's Jiminy is a bit like Woolie Reitherman's Cricket! Look at Mark Mayerson's mosaics of the film, you'll see that they don't quite match! Although, Woolie Reitherman's Cricket has got some of my favourite dialogue of the character.
However, Preston Blair does the least animation work (in the screen credits) and does animate a large scene of Honest John, Gideon and Pinoke strolling down the streets singing Hi Diddle De Dee!, which is quite a task to animate, going through those crooked streets and trees.
However, there are animators that animated far less than Blair (Michael Arens, Howard Swift, Les Novros, etc.), but Preston seemed to have a lot of effort onto the animation and at least deserved a screen-credit.
I'll try and put some more Pinocchio posts if I can fit it on schedule: More Dumbo blabs tomorrow!!

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Blabs on Dumbo (V)

Sequence 04.0. - "Roustabouts"
One of my favourite sequences in the picture! Sam Armstrong (director) and Dick Kelsey (layout), and it starts off with one of my favourite Casey Jr. scenes of him going though a mountain and says 'I think I can, I think I can!', I really like the animation of the first scene of the sequence, its staging, animation, setup, music! BRILLIANT!! Animation of Casey by Don Patterson, Don Tobin and Paul Kossoff. Love the Casey animation in silhouette.

One of my favourite pieces of animation in any animated features.
However, Dumbo is animated nicely by Bill Tytla, Hugh Fraser and Claude Smith along with elephants by an uncredited Ed Fourcher. Jack Campbell animates the roustabouts very-well, and they could really look like Jack's style since he worked on the human-character, Snow White, the Blue Fairy in Pinocchio, the Centaurs and Centaurettes in Fantasia, and the rest I'm not sure!

Jack Campbell animated those roustabouts preparing work for the circus tents, and I really like the sound of those poles making CLING noises! Although you never see their faces, they seem to be portrayed as black-people and it seems that the white roustabouts work during the day and the black roustabouts work at night, with help from the elephants!!
However I really like the music to it, and I've came across on Elmer Plummer's beautiful artwork in this film, and Michael Sporn has posted the beautiful artwork in those tents being built right here.
However, its interesting that so many effects animators worked on this film and yet not a lot of the rain effects are appeared in this sequence, apart from when the draft mention "SPECIAL EFFECTS". Effects are credited to Don Tobin, Paul Kossoff, Cornett Wood, Jerome Brown, John Reed, Ed Aardal, Sandy Strother, Josh Meador, George Rowley, Karl Van Leuven, Ugo D'Orsi, Russ Dyson, James Escalante, Miles Pike and Vern Witt!! I love looking at the last scene of the tent being pulled up! Additional animation by Ed Fourcher, Frank Grundeen, Steve Bosustow, Warren Schloat and Jerry Hatchcock (lasy lions!).
Artwork of tent being pulled up: Animation by George Rowley and Josh Meador, I wonder: Did Josh do the rain or the tent, or George did either?
However, one of my favourite sequences, and I think its a good idea to see how circus tents are made, one of the overlooked animation sequences!

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Blabs on Dumbo (IV)


Sorry for no posting yesterday because I was at someone's house for the night and they had no internet connection, so I had to leave it, but I'm ok to talk about two sequences in Dumbo, both of them with Mr. Stork!

Sequence 03.1 - "Stork Catches Circus Train"

This is a short sequence, and I thought that this sequence and Sequence 03.2 would just be in one sequence altogether, but its just continues.

The draft in this short sequence mentions that all of the Stork was animated by Art Babbitt, and Art said that Mr. Stork was originally a caricature of Sterling Holloway (the voice: also did Winnie the Pooh, Chesire Cat, etc.), and Floyd Norman said that he really likes that voice of Sterling's, and I do too, even though its quite high and soft.

However, none of the effects animation are mentioned in this small sequence, and Hans Perk told me in a comment that he bet that Art Babbitt did all the animation (including inbetweens and effects) and had his assistant to clean them up, however I thought that Cy Young was doing some of the effects, like I thought he did the bundle about to fall off the cloud, since it looked a bit like Young's work since he did the bundle-parachutes in the very first sequence of the film.

Sequence 03.2 - Stork Delivers Dumbo - Dumbo Named
Yes, this sequence continues from the first sequence, and this time none of the scenes with Mr. Stork have Art Babbitt's name in the draft, and its pretty likely that he did the rest of the animation of the Stork, and apart from that, all of the elephants and Dumbo animated by Bill Tytla, but what I always thought was strange about Bill's animation of the elephants, was their mouth and their smiles, it just doesn't appeal me, even though it might appeal to others, look at the scene where the bossy elephant says to the stork: "Certainly not, over there! Ofcourse" and smiles very oddly, and they have that smile in some scenes of the sequence Elephants Gossip.

However as Mr. Stork is off, and Dumbo is now born, some scenes of Dumbo are drawn very fine, and in this scene of the Giggly elephants holding onto Dumbo's ear and says "Oh these, aren't they funny (laughs)", and Mrs. Jumbo smacks her arm, and another strange drawing of Dumbo shows:

Dumbo's trunk in this picture seemed really odd, and yet Bill Tytla said that he had no expierence in drawing elephants, and seems to have struggled at it. Bill, (my thought), a failure at drawing those elephants, but he needs credit for actually trying, I mean he was a lot used to animating heavy characters like (Chernabourg in Night on Bald Mountain, Stromboli in Pinocchio), and Bill probably wasn't used to animating such cute characters, but it was worth a try for him!

Friday, 18 June 2010

Blabs on Dumbo (III)

Hi all, I'm free and I can post again.

As I came home today (from boarding school), I noticed that Hans Perk was posting the Melody Time draft, and I don't think I will be blabbing on about Melody, since I know very little about it, and I won't be talking about it, but what I will be continuing with my blabs on Dumbo.

As I've been talking about the animator's casting in my posts, and I'll be posting some sequences in the film, today I'll talk about the first two sequences in the draft:

Sequence 01.0 - Stork Sequence

The sequence is credited to Sam Armstrong (director), Lloyd Richardson (asst. director) and an uncredited Bob Cormack (layout artist), and as I looked at the draft the first time, I was full of joy because I've been asking over and over for the draft, and as it was posted, I was suprised to see so many unexpected things, I wasn't expecting Bob Cormack to show up and I wasn't expecting so many uncredited effect animators: Jack Gayek, George Rowley, Miles Pike, etc.

Ofcourse the draft starts with Scene 15 (probably something before), and with some thunder and rain by Josh Meador, Jack Gayek and Miles Pike (hailstones), and they did a good job, and I've noticed that a lot of effect animators who worked on Bambi also worked on Dumbo. I think the three effect animators (Meador, Gayek, Pike) do the rains well, and then Scene 18 shows up with a 64 feet scene with Cy Young animating the stork and Karl Van Leuven (probably storks at back or moonlight), and as I've said in the comments, Cy Young did the most marvellous work, and I really need much more information about him, anyone who knows more about Young? like a picture? Feel free to contact me!

As Cy Young animates the bundles and parachutes floating to the circus quarters, and Harvey Toombs does the animals and babies who animates them wonderfully, and Ed Aardal does the hippoes in water. George Rowley or Dan MacManus either did the shadows of the animals or the bundles falling. So at the last sequence, Bill Tytla communicates Mrs. Jumbo wonderfully (If she's Mrs. Jumbo, then in this story, where's Mr. Jumbo?), so Bill animates Mrs. Jumbo all worried and then Bill Shull animates the final scene of Mrs.J disappointed, what brilliant feelings towards, and the storks are just WOW!! They look really beautiful and realistic!! These underrated animators (Cy Young, Jack Gayek, Miles Pike, Bill Shull) really have been overlooked and need much recognition!

Sequence 03.0 - Casey Loading

This is one of my favourite sequences in the film, even though its short! I like this sequence because I've always liked the character, Casey Junior, and I've always thought who animated Casey, because whoever did animate Casey was a genius!! I really wished I could have animated Casey because I love the song, the staging, the animation, and the sound effects. Of course Sam Armstrong directed this sequence and must have directed the Casey sequences and Dick Kelsey doing the layouts!!

As Hans Perk said, a lot of the animators are in this sequence are in the Pinocchio draft: James Escalante, Don Tobin, Paul Kossoff, John McManus, Cornett Wood and John Reed, Howard Swift, Hugh Fraser, Don Patterson and Frank Grundeen. The only animators in this sequence not in the Pino draft are Claude Smith who animates the animals and Ed Fourcher who does small scenes of an elephant pushing a cage and bumps into another cart!
Claude Smith does the animals all loaded and checked, and there are a number of scenes credited to "C. SMITH", and I thought that Claude animated the animals rather strange, its just the way they smile that seems pretty cheesy!!

However onto the Casey shots, the Casey animators in this sequence are Don Patterson, Don Tobin, John Reed and Paul Kossoff, who did my favourite animation in the film, and as John V. said in the comments, Don Patterson animates Casey like a character, and I can tell that Patterson actually does animate Casey like a character, and Don Tobin, John Reed and Paul Kossoff animate Casey like a normal train engine! I notice that in the Casey scenes are some multilple shots: Scene 1, Scene 14 and Scene 19, and at Scene 14. (Take a look at it on YouTube to watch film), that when Casey is going through a hill, the hill is drawn rather strange and weird, with telephone poles and it just looks nothing much of a hill, I can't tell what it is!

Anyway, I'll leave it here, more to come tomorrow!

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Blabs on Dumbo (II)

Hey all,

It's that time of week again, when I'm not going to be posting until Friday, and this will be a short post with no pictures today, and I'm going to be talking about how much the animator's contributed to the film, Dumbo. Dumbo (as we know) is currently in the works of the mosaics by Mayerson on Animation, and that the draft had been posted recently, and also the fact is that Michael Barrier was talking about the books and the crows in postings not long ago.

However, what's interesting is that the Animation Directors in the film (Tytla, Moore, Kimball, Lounsbery, Babbitt, Woolie) have been credited for a lot of scenes, and in the film, only 18 other animators are credited, and they don't seem to have animated a lot in this film (I counted the number of animated scenes in the draft, excluding deleted scenes):

The Animation Directors:

  • Vladmir Tytla – 92 scenes
  • Fred Moore – 34 scenes
  • Ward Kimball – 68 scenes
  • John Lounsbery – 33 scenes
  • Art Babbitt – 21 scenes (ONLY CREDITED IN DRAFT)
  • Woolie Reitherman – 38 scenes
and the Animators:
  • Hugh Fraser – 28 scenes
  • Harvey Toombs – 12 scenes
  • Milt Neil – 17 scenes
  • Hicks Lokey – 8 scenes
  • Howard Swift – 17 scenes
  • Don Towsley – 24 scenes
  • Les Clark – 19 scenes
  • Claude Smith – 17 scenes
  • Berny Wolf – 7 scenes
  • Jack Campbell – 8 scenes
  • Walt Kelly – 22 scenes
  • Don Patterson – 6 scenes
  • Cy Young – 5 scenes
  • Ray Patterson – 17 scenes
  • Grant Simmons – 19 scenes
  • Josh Meador – 6 scenes
  • Bill Shull – 25 scenes
  • Art Palmer – 8 scenes
This makes a big difference to the animators and the animation directors. It seems that the Animation supervisors animated a lot more scenes than the 'animators', and the Supervisors did the film's key and important scenes, and Don Towsley animates Dumbo's most famous scene of him flying the first time, and an uncredited Frank Grundeen animates Dumbo flying in the circus!

It's interesting that animators like Jack Campbell, Don Patterson and Berny Wolf animated so little in the film, less than 10 scenes, and since that the draft has so many scenes missing in the film, maybe they animated the scenes that weren't animated. Since most of the Pink Elephants section is missing, and Hicks Lokey and Howard Swift are the only two animators credited for animating the Pink Elephants, (John Lounsbery does a scene of Dumbo looking at Pink Elephants marching at him). So since a portion of the sequence is missing, and Howard Swift is already mentioned of animating the Ringmaster, maybe Hicks Lokey did the rest of the animation, or a bit more of the animation!

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Blabs on Dumbo (I)

Sorry about not posting this week, but I've been busy and I didn't have any time yesterday, since I had a incredibly-busy fun day today, and at the moment I'll be talking about what Hans Perk (A Film L.A.) had posted not long ago and that Mark Mayerson is currently working on his mosaics. That's right...Dumbo.

Ofcourse I know Dumbo very well, as I was commenting on Hans Perk's and Mark Mayerson's postings, and I was very keen on the Dumbo draft ever since Hans posted the Snow White draft (the first time I discovered the website in November 2009), and I've said over and over about posting a Dumbo draft, and I couldn't be patient and I didn't mean to bother Hans, but I think Hans didn't post the Dumbo draft because I said that, I think he posted it for other reasons. However as the postings have concluded, I wonder what his next draft shall be? Well, he's talked about the Bambi draft quite a few times and about Frank Thomas doing little in the Snow sequence, so maybe he could post that, I'm not asking him to post it, just a suggestion, and he's currently posting his Studio Talks.

I first saw the film, Dumbo, back when I was about two years old (in 1998), and I liked it very much, and I thought it was more appealing than Bambi which was made during that period. However, as I got older I simply forgotton about the film, and then about two years back, I realised that how important this film has been to animation! Anyway onto the draft:

I'll start off by talking about the animator's castings, and as you know: Vladimir 'Bill' Tytla did most of the Elephants animation and in some shots of the scene of Mrs. Jumbo and the Stork, Tytla seemed to have drawn the elephants rather crude, and however, Bill did say that he never had expierece of drawing elephants, and I think he still did a marvellous job, I think his most famous animation of the film was probably either the Lullabye song or the lovely-bubbly scenes of Dumbo being bathed and being around with his mother.

Timothy Mouse is being supervised by three of the six animation directors: Woolie Reitherman (my favourite animator), Fred Moore and John Lounsbery (who does a lot of the Dumbo scenes), and I think its very interesting to see so many supervising animators on Timothy Mouse, and Woolie draws Timothy in earlier scenes and that's him gone, and Fred Moore does Timothy in later scenes (with the crows along with Don Towsley), and John Lounsbery does Timothy and Dumbo in Norm Ferguson's sequences, (Lounsbery's animation also appeared in Bill Robert's sequence "Dumbo and Timothy Visit Mother in Jail"), and I think all three-artists did a terrific job, he sort of reminds me of Jiminy Cricket. However in a Bill Peet interview, he said to have worked closely with Fred Moore of Timmy getting drunk, and he said to have gone through Fred's drawings too many times, since Timothy looked like Mickey Mouse in the drawings.

Ward Kimball (as most of you know), did the crows and I think Ward did a fun job on that and he also did some Dumbo and Timothy shots, and his Timothy shots weren't really as appealing as the Fred Moore scenes, because when Timothy is sleeping, Ward draws his whiskers moving up and down, which I thought was clever, but not appealing.

This is a scene of Timothy and Jim Crow by Ward Kimball.

However, a lot of the people criticise the crows as they think they are portraited as black-people, well I don't think so, because this is 1941, and they didn't have what's politicly correct or what's not politicly correct, and I think the crew were just having a bit of fun, and I think the crows really came in handy, and they did become a big part of the plot.

Although Ward Kimball animates most of the crows, Walt Kelly does a few scenes, and I believe (at the very last sequence) a scene of Dumbo flying with crows was done by effects animator, John F. Reed.

Last but not least, Art Babbitt, who handles Mr. Stork, as well as Cy Young who did the storks and the bundles in the first sequence in the film (brilliant Young work), and Art Babbitt said that Mr. Stork was originally a caricature of Sterling Holloway (the voice of Mr. Stork), and Floyd Norman said that he always liked Sterling's voice, and I really like his voice too! I think that Art Babbitt did a fine job in the film, and when he did Gepetto in Pinocchio, I think that he put too much into the sequence and went a little carried away (obviously enjoyed himself in the film, because Babbitt said that he thought Pinocchio was his favourite film in the Golden Years. Also, Art Babbitt does the clowns in silhouette in the Clowns sequence, and Bernie Wolf did the Clowns from before, and its a shame to see so many animators in the credits that didn't seem to do much animation, and what's suprising is that Woolie doesn't seem to have done a lot of work in the film, but he does a lot in the two sequences he worked on, "Elephants Gossip" and "Timothy Befriends Dumbo".

Here are the animators' casting in the film draft:
  • Vladimir Tytla (Many Elephants scenes: Dumbo bathed, lullaby, elephants gossips, Mrs. Jumbo and Stork, etc.)
  • Fred Moore (Timothy Mouse drunk, Tim and Crows, Tim brushing Dumbo, etc.)
  • Art Babbitt (Mr. Stork scenes, Clowns celebrating)
  • John Lounsbery (Dumbo in Pyramid Act, Dumbo drunk and some Timothy scenes)
  • Ward Kimball (Crows, some Dumbo and Timothy scenes)
  • Woolie Reitherman (Timothy scares Elephants, friends with Dumbo)
  • Hugh Fraser (Elephants, Dumbo in roustabouts, Gossip elephants in Pyramid Act)
  • Harvey Toombs (Circus animals with babies, a scene of Tim and Dumbo seeing elephants)
  • Milt Neil (Dumbo upset over mother prisoned, Timothy develops Climax with ringmaster)
  • Hicks Lokey (Circus paraders, Pink Elephants)
  • Howard Swift (Ringmaster in Pyramid Act, Pink Elephants, Circus paraders)
  • Don Towsley (Timothy and Dumbo with crows, Dumbo flies with feather)
  • Les Clark (Dumbo in Clowns performance, Dumbo falls from building and loses feather)
  • Claude Smith (Animals loaded in train, Dumbo with roustabouts, Dumbo and kids)
  • Berny Wolf (Clowns celebrate in silhouette, Peanut delivery man)
  • Jack Campbell (roustabouts)
  • Walt Kelly (Ringmaster and Mrs. Jumbo, Ringmaster in tent, few Crows scenes)
  • Don Patterson (Casey Junior)
  • Cy Young (Storks and bundles as parachutes)
  • Ray Patterson (Clowns in performance, Pyramid elephants collapsing)
  • Grant Simmons (Clowns performing in fire performances)
  • Josh Meador (EFFX ANIMATOR: Rain, water, etc.)
  • Bill Shull (Mrs. Jumbo going mad, elephants scared of Tim)
  • Art Palmer (EFFX ANIMATOR: Tent collapsing, champaign bottle in bucket, Dumbo bathed, etc.)
I'll leave it here from my very-long arcticle, and I hope to post some more tomorrow!

Sunday, 6 June 2010

The Classic British Comic

In this post, I'm going to talk about my favourite British-comic of all time, The Beano, Who hear would likes Dennis the Menace? Minnie the Minx? or Roger the Dodger here? Well, this comic has all the naughty antics that the characters have, why the comic has been going on since July 30th 1938 (this is the first Beano comic)

In this picture of the first Beano comic (above), at the time the first star of the comic was an ostrich named Big Eggo, and there was no Dennis the Menace at the time, and today there are only a few copies like these available in this universe. I don't own this first issue, and my oldest Beano comic collection goes back to November 7th 1987, and it doesn't seem that ancient, but I bought a few of the Beano comics from 1987-1988 at a Second-hand Bookshop in Oxted about almost two-years ago, and I first read a Beano comic back in 2005, and it was a Christmas special (sadly I don't own it anymore), and the
Beano, really caught my attention so I started to collect a lot of the older comics from the 1990's and I really loved the older comics, and I love the 1990's and 1980's Dennis the Menace books, they were so fun and well-drawn, and I also really like The Dandy and I got a collection on eBay of 51 Dandy comics from the year 1993, and I really liked them, however I really don't like the new version of the Dandy which is called DandyXtreme.

I also collected the Beano Annuals, and my oldest in the collection was back in 1989, and my most recent one was one in 2008 (I no longer collect new-edition Beanos)

Here are some Beano Books I own, although they're not the only annuals I own, but just to show a few!

When Dennis the Menace was created in 1951 by a British-artist named David Law, and David Law's original drawings of Dennis were really crude and rough, but that was cartoon's style back then, Dennis Law introduced Dennis' new pet dog, Gnasher, in 1968. In 1970, David Sutherland (my favourite Dennis artist), was taken over to draw Dennis, and this time the comic-strip was called Dennis the Menace and Gnasher. Sutherland drew Dennis and Gnasher's antics for almost 30 years, and one of Dennis' highlights was in 1974 where he was now in the front-cover of the Beano, and is still in the cover today! Also, one of the most famous stories were the events March-May of 1986 and Gnasher was missing, and Gnasher brought back a few friends named Gnatasha, Gnannete, Gnancy, Gnorah, Gnaomi and Gnipper, and then Ghasher had his new-friend in the comic-strip Gnasher and Gnipper which replaced his old comic-strip, Gnasher's Tale.

In the 1990's marked the last appearances of the some of the golden characters, well Lord Snooty (who had been in the very first comic) was retired from the comic in 1938, and he was a real star, and I really liked the character, I sort of felt him like a nostalgic Roger the Dodger. Biffo the Bear (who was a star back in 1948) was semi-retired throughout the 1990's and he had a small strip just called Biffo, and he didn't talk at all and then he was retired out of the strip in around 1998 or 1999.

I think my favourite Dennis designs was the Dennis Sutherland's version in the 1980's, and he looks older and more tougher, and in the 1990's Dennis was rather more younger and cuter, and it was still an appealing look, but I think Sutherland went a little carried away, and in 1993 was the first all-coloured Beano, and I actually have a copy of the all-coloured comic. It shows Dennis with his coloured-squirt gun and he fires them at black and white comic-characters like Roger the Dodger, Billy Whizz, Ball Boy (one of my favourite characters) and Ivy the Terrible, and they all turn into colour, and even Gnasher was accidentally fired with his gun and turned multi-coloured! Dated in October 16th 1993, and it marked the first appearenced of one of my favourite strips, The Numbskulls which used to be in another British-comic, The Beezer.

This is the 1993 issue of the Beano in colour, and I like the idea of how Dennis got a coloured-pistol and fired them at the black and white characters and transformed then into colour.

Well, that's me finished for my Beano talk, if I have some ideas I left out or if I have time, I'll try and post another another Beano topic, after 70 years of classic strips and it all started with an ostrich!

Lovin' It!

Hi all,
I'm really loving this website and I think I can still go on with lots of ideas already, I'm only writing to say, that during the week (Mondays to Thurdays), I can't post since I go to a boarding-school of course and that all Blogger websites are blocked in the school, so I won't be able to post again until Friday, and hopefully I might talk about the Dumbo draft that Hans Perk posted on his website, A Film L.A. Haven't seen it? Check it out!!

Saturday, 5 June 2010

The Old Cat and Mice Relationship!

In this post, I'll be talking about one of MGM's most famous cartoon series, and of course, one of my favourite cartoons, Tom and Jerry.
What is it that makes Tom and Jerry so famous? What is it that makes them so famous and memorable?

Well, to answer that question, I think that they're so famous because they had to be one of the first animated-characters to have violence and heartless characters in them, and Tom & Jerry became really famous for their slapstick humour and their very-little dialogue, Disney would have never done Tom and Jerry, as they are known for their 'happy-hearted' characters.

I know the fact that a certain number of people may not have liked Tom & Jerry, maybe because that at the time it came out, it was a lot different than any animated films and cartoons at that period, of course the characters were "heartless and violent", as what Michael Sporn told me about his opinion about T&J; I understand why people are not used to violent characters, T&J was supposed to be violent in a way, because that was basically what the whole situation was about, a relationship between a cat and a mouse.

The stories for the shorts were very simple, and the animation was crude at times, but I think, the animation is very funny and expressive.

Fred Quimby, the producer of MGM cartoon studio, sure did a great job of the cartoons, even though he never understood about cartoons and didn't have much of a sense of humour. I think that after Rudy Ising was probably 'booted' out of MGM, I think that it made Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera's career very successful throughout the years. During the 1940's, the T&J were very profitable, making a more profit than Disney at the time, and T&J went on to win 7 Oscars for Best Cartoon, a tie against Disney's Silly Symphonies and T&J recieved 6 Nominees.

However, over the years, I think that T&J became more rather violent and crude, and the humour was still there, but I think after Fred Quimby retired from MGM in 1955, the T&J cartoons became rather 'cheap' and 'not funny' anymore, some of the past cartoons were re-released but with different layouts, and their was less slapstick between them, and after the MGM cartoon studio was closed in 1957, Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera went on to create many successful animated television-shows like: The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Top Cat, Scooby-Doo, Yogi Bear, etc.

However, Tom and Jerry did come back to the spotlight over the years, but there were some pretty rubbish remakes like Chuck Jones' version, The 1975 television series, Tom and Jerry Kids, and the new Tom and Jerry Tales, and of course, THE MOVIE, where the stars actually talk throughout the entire film and become friends and they don't fight.

However, after 70 years of a cat and a mouse battling and hitting, which could make you laugh or cry, I think that they will live-on as legends!

[The pictures at the above]

Left: An original production drawing of Tom about to eat Jerry in a sandwich in the cartoon, Flirty Birdy, production drawing by Ray Patterson.

Right: A title card of Tom and Jerry which was used around the early to mid 1940's, it seems that it was deleted years ago, probably in the 1960's.