Sunday, 10 April 2011

Fantasia Mosaic (XX)


Here is a new installment of the Pastoral Symphony - here is the action sequence of the entire segment. I hope you enjoy my commentary.

From the previous sequence, all the centaurs and centaurettes were throwing a party and they were enjoying their time dancing and drinking. Their guest Bacchus (the God of wine) was invited and is obviously wasted and tries to "score a centaurette". All goes well, as he accidentally kisses his donkey by mistake and all the girls laugh - until a huge shadow comes past them - dark clouds. That was bad news for those enjoying the party. The party was interrupted by Zeus, who is one of the most powerful Greek gods. He controls the weather and thunder bolts. He has a friend named Vulcan who helps produce the thunder bolts by using a blacksmith hammer. Who apparently "plays darts with him".

The music here is very forceful itself - the music timing here is brilliant here - like when the thunderbolts strike as Bacchus and his donkey miss. Although, I suppose the music in the original Beeethoven piece had some reworking done by Stokowski.

Zeus mainly aims to shoot at Bacchus and his donkey - I don't know if that was a Disney concept or urban myths of Zeus against Bacchus. Trust me, I'm not a religious person at all and often I don't know too much about this, I'm just trying to know as much as I can put here.

After a while, Zeus is tired for targeting Bacchus with the thunderbolts and as that it is morning he decides to go to sleep. Some of the small thunderbolts of Zeus throwing away while getting ready to sleep is clever because it reacts with a small eruption on the ground - while the powerful eruptions he used to aim at Bacchus were so powerful that the barrel of wine crashed and even almost strikes on Bacchus and his donkey and the reactions to the ground, as if a meteor hit the Earth.

What makes itself very interesting is the draft itself and the scenes of what the animators did. It wasn't difficult to spot Art Babbitt animating Zeus and Vulcan here because that was what he was also long-credited for (as long as his other Disney material). Art Babbitt does a good job with handling the characters, and there's one particular shot that he animated that I personally like a lot.


It is a very forceful shot that was animated by Art Babbitt, and the effects were done by Josh Meador. What makes this a very brilliant shot is the weight, the character has a lot of weight and even the mallet he uses to toughen up the thunderbolt has weight too. All the zincs spraying out gives the final touch and very forceful - three cheers for Josh Meador for making those marvelous effects. In frame 4, the thunderbolt being placed on the anvil is sort of a small speedline that I've never noticed before in the scene, ever.

Some animators have some effects casting here: Josh Meador and George Rowley seem to handle the thunderbolt animation - with Josh Meador contributing to the wonderful effects animation. Cornett Wood handles the clouds blowing with the force to blow Bacchus away. Although, I thought that the clouds would have been done by a character animator before. Jim Will seemed to have been the main effects animator doing the primary effects stuff, while Harry Hamsel animates most of the wine pouring down the valley. Although there are quite a number of shots with effects animation in it that have no effects artist attributed to the scene.

I also should point out that in Shot 15 - that there is finally a draft that mentions effects animator Robert Martsch. Why am I saying that? Because his name was written off the Pinocchio draft and not included the Snow White draft - which are two feature films that he is long credited for. I know that Bob Martsch was an effects creator at the time and not just animating it - but there is an actual scene that he does animate. Although it's also credited to effects animator Brad Case. I'll assume that Robert Martsch shot the dark clouds forming and then Brad Case did the final animation, either way - or that Robert Martsch did the animation and Brad Case doing the inbetweens. Any takers?

You'll find that the character Bacchus is casted by a different animator - Fred Moore. Yes, Fred Moore is credited for animating Bacchus here and his donkey and not Ward Kimball doing the scenes. It seems that Fred is doing the exciting action scenes here while Kimball animated Bacchus in acting, comedy scenes. It seems obscure for Fred Moore being here - of course, some of his style is here. Although some of the scenes that he animates on Bacchus are not the most appealing ones - some of them are what I refer to as "drunken Freddie" scenes. Fred did often drink on the job and that some of his later animation of Mickey Mouse got cruder.

What interests me the most is that another unknown animator - James Moore animates one scene of Bacchus when he runs under the wine vat until the thunder strikes it. It's confusing how there are two Moore's animating on the same character. How did this work? Did Jim Moore animate more Bacchus? I'll tell you about my thoughts tomorrow in my installment. Stay tuned.

Bob Youngquist appears again, and he animates the cupids as he did in the previous sequences - although he doesn't animate a lot of scenes - but he gets to handle them primary in this sequence. Although, shot 30 with the cherubs hiding in the temple have some pretty crude facial expressions. Some of the animation here seems a bit unappealing here. Although good thing that the animators here don't animate their "privates" here - because they wouldn't be allowed to. Is it me or was Bob Youngquist not a very good animator or one of the "bland ones" - because some of his shots here are not so convincing. However, shot 29 of the cherubs blowing in the wind is a pretty forceful shot if you ask me.

Well - that's my talk finished and soon I will post the final sequence of the Pastoral Symphony segment.

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