Friday, 26 November 2010

Alice in Wonderland Mosaic: Part 7

Here is a new sequence I've uploaded: Sequence 06.5 "Live of Garden Flowers" - directed (again) by Ham Luske.  
This sequence is a bit rather more jolly and spiritual, and very artistic; no wonder why this sequence was directed by Ham Luske - although to some of those whose never seen this - it'll probably be a surprise for you! Animation of Alice by Hal Ambro (most scenes), and then Eric Larson does a little bit, and Les Clark does a lot of the acting scenes. Flowers by John Lounsbery, Judge Whitaker and Marvin Woodward, and a surprise...effects animator Josh Meador actually handles some of the character animation as well as effects. 
Alice is still chasing after the White Rabbit, and then she is stuck in a big garden; and then realizes that these flowers can talk and at start; the flowers are kind and nice to her; although the Iris was a bit snobbish, and the Daisy was a rather giggly person; but the Rose was the only flower that was kind to Alice. As the Daisy asked what garden Alice comes her, and Alice tries to explain that she's no flower, but the Iris and Daisy keep on interrupting Alice's explanation; and then (for the flowers) it came to the conclusion that Alice was now a "weed". Alice denies it (and obviously she's no weed, just a human), and then the flowers make things more difficult and scatter her out of the garden, until she sees letters in the sky (from the Caterpillar's hooker), and thinks it's a message. 
Josh Meador handles some of the character animation like the "bread and butterflies" and the "Rocking horseflies", and his animation is sure nice, and most of the animation in this sequence is very nice! John Lounsbery first pops up in the film, and it's good to see that he gets some great personality and warmth in the Rose, and some great acting scenes of the Iris and Daisy. Lounsbery (who's been ignored by his work on Alice) does some GREAT acting and personality scenes, and the Rose certainly has warmth and she's a brilliant character. Throughout the entire film and in "Wonderland"; the Rose is probably the only character that's nice to Alice; and as the flowers were pushing her out; the Rose was trying to stop the flowers, but they wouldn't listen at all! 
The song in this film "All in the Golden Afternoon" (which was a poem written in the "Alice" books, not in the Flowers chapter, or in any chapter), and the song in there is very cheerful and joyful; beautiful music and I love the animation in it, and especially the Art Direction and layouts! Beautifully setup and crafted! Marvin Woodward's animation of the Children flowers is nice, and I liked that animation a lot, probably it's colours because I was interested in which ones were different. I loved the fact on Josh Meador's Orchestra bells were flowers, and the music is very beautiful and I have to give praise to Oliver Wallace for the beautiful music, I think that's one of the reasons why it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Musical Score. 
What I thought was always interesting was in shot 49 and it was animated by Josh Meador, and there was the drummer and he seemed to have a 1970's punk rock hair style and I always found that odd...Gee, did they have rock and roll stars with much hair style like that back in the early 1950's, EVEN the fact that this story was set in the 1860's and they didn't have that hairstyle back then!! 
Hal Ambro, finally takes a lot of the Alice animation in this sequence, (although he did a good chunk of Alice in the Caucus Race sequence), and he does some great Alice animation, and Les Clark does a fine job with the acting scenes; but I must say: Les Clark doesn't seem to take control of any sequence at all: although he took control of Alice in the Caucus race sequence but he doesn't seem to animate a sequence from beginning to end.  
I liked the fact of how the flowers are portrayed differently, like there are dippy dafodiles, and that there's animals from the safari and barking dogs, that's pretty clever!
Yes, the draft of this sequence certainly does have the animator's names and character assignment, and I though to make it easier, I included the character's name next to the animator to make it more understandable; and the fact that you might not be confused with what an animator did!
I think I'll leave it here for now - if any of you have anymore to include, please feel free to comment... 


Eric Noble said...

Very well done Steven. You are a bright young man when it comes to animation. I love your Alice in Wonderland mosaics.

It seems Hal Ambro gets the distant Alice shots, where a more overt action is taking place. Les Clark seems to get the acting scenes. very interesting. The color styling in this is superb. It's bright and joyful, but not overly saturated in primary and secondary colors like in modern cartoons. the people at Disney knew how to use color.

Torgo25 said...

Shot 63.2 has always been a source of chuckles for me. I always thought the way in which the flower pulled up Alice's dress was amusing. I can't see Disney or Pixar getting away with something like that today.

Steven Hartley said...

Eric - thanks for the compliments, and I'm happy to hear you love to see my mosaics!

Torgo25 - Shot 63.2. is a fine shot, and the animation is pretty good; although I like the line when the Iris says, "Rather scrawny I say," thinking the fact that she's a flower, when she isn't!

John V. said...

Interestingly enough, although Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland" does open with a poem called "All in a golden afternoon", the only thing the poem has in common with this song is the title.

Steven Hartley said...

Yes, yes - that's true! I took a peek at my copy of the book today and the poem has nothing to do with flowers - although the Flowers only appear in the sequel "Through the Looking Glass".