Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Two Notes - Animation Notes

Here today - I stumbled across the animation blogs today and I noticed some interesting stuff going on. I have some good news and also some sad news - perhaps I'll get the sad news first, and swipe that off so we hear the good news.

Sadly, veteran Disney Imagineer and artist Collin Campbell passed away at the age of 84 on April 2nd (only finding out today).

Collin Campbell (1926-2011).

You may have seen his name somewhere on the Disney credits - you'll spot his name on Lady and the Tramp as a layout artist and for layout styling on 101 Dalmatians. You I think did some of the color lighting on the backgrounds along with Don Griffith, Walt Peregoy and Ernie Nordli. Perhaps his career at Imagineering has been pretty much successful in his career. Although, I hardly know much about the man and I learnt from Didier Ghez's blog that he did concept designs of the Disney-MGM theme parks and they are very beautiful.

Collin Campbell's artwork.

Sure, I hardly know anything about the guy - but I feel the need to show some "respect for the dead". RIP Collin.

First of all, animation historian Michael Barrier seems to have begun a weekly rota of posting interviews. Today, he's posted an interview to a comic artist and early on in his career - a Disney animator. Yes, Michael Barrier posted an interview that himself and Milt Gray recorded with Lynn Karp in 1990.

Lynn Karp is a Disney animator who is credited for working on feature films like Pinocchio and Fantasia, and he also did some work on Pluto. Karp later became a comic-artist working on some comic strips and here he talks about that he worked on some Tom and Jerry comic strips and also working with Hank Ketchum on some of his Dennis the Menace strips - not The Beano's Dennis the Menace. But what Karp said in the interview or claimed is that Hank Ketchum was a Jew.

Lynn Karp mentions that he was an animator that mainly worked on those cute and sweet stuff - basically characters that Eric Larson was involved in. Lynn said that he worked with Eric Larson all the time, and that was a fact that I knew because in the Pinocchio drafts and mosaics - he worked with Eric Larson animating Figaro the cat and Cleo the goldfish. Although, what interests me is that he seemed to have learnt the technique and the business straight away without training. He worked with Bernard Garbutt on the animals in Snow White and that Bernard was a very good draftsman (and he was) and the fact that he didn't know the animation business too well and wasn't too professional. Perhaps, that he was really good at drawing and may not be great at animating. There's a big difference between a single-hand drawing and 24 frames per second.

Lynn also mentions that he worked with Walt Disney during sweatbox sessions. Sweatbox sessions (which I believe) is a room where Walt Disney and some of his crew look at an animation test and Walt reviews it and gives advice on whether or not to do some changes or reworking. The reason why they are called sweatboxes is because that there was no air-conditions in the room and people tend to sweat in their on a hot day. Also, that's what I heard that it meant - it may not be correct.

Karp also mentions about how that he seemed to work on a lot of Bambi and animating the main characters: Bambi and Thumper. Although, Lynn wasn't in the screen-credits in the final film and I wonder why? There were a lot of assistant animators on the film that also animated - although I suppose Lynn had most of his scenes reworked or something? He mentions that he did a minor scene of bits of snow landing on Bambi's head. Is this true? We'll just have to wait and see if the Bambi draft might be posted sooner or later.

Anyways, you can see it all there in the interview, and the link is right here. So, take a look and see what he has to say about his Disney and comic strip years. I have to admit, I thought that the first time I heard him a long time ago that he was a girl because "Lynn" was a proper girl's name - or could that be his nickname?

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