Friday, 17 June 2011

Snow White Mosaic: Part 5








Sorry, that I haven't been able to post a mosaic in quite a while - but here is a treat of a new sequence in Snow White.

As far as we have got up to, Snow White and the animal creatures have became friends and they agree to find a place for Snow White to live for a short while, and there, she finds a beautiful cottage (home to the Seven Dwarfs) and admires the house quickly, and takes a look inside. Now, from the outside view of the cottage, the house looks beautiful with a river flowing and butterflies flying around the house (animated by Cy Young). Therefore, the looks of the house from the outside appeals to Snow White and the animals, so they take a look inside the house. All to Snow White and the animal's surprise - the house is dirty, unorganized, and dark.

Snow White, although she still wants a place to stay and still determined not to go back to the castle where she would be surrounded with danger by the Queen, or the scary forest where she could be scared out of her wits. She mistaken the Seven Dwarfs as "seven little children", and believing that the so-called "children" are orphans and that was probably the case of why that the cottage was a slum. Hoping, that the "seven children" would offer her a place to stay at the cottage, and by doing that - she and the forest animals will clean up the house for the dwarfs and that she'll be liked a lot by them, and she'll be able to get a place there for sure.

Shot 1, with the butterflies appear to have been animated by two animators: a character animator and an effects animator: Ham Luske and Cy Young - now, I'm not sure what Ham Luske is doing there because the butterflies flittering around the cottage would be done by an effects artist, unless Ham Luske supervised the earlier shots. Cy could very well have done the river stream in that shot that's in the background.

Ham Luske's earlier scenes (again) demonstrate on how he handles the title character child looking. Shot 2 with the line "just like a doll's house" and the actions show, gives a very clear example on a Ham Luske scene. Tell you what, how about we could have a small game throughout the mosaic on spotting a Ham Luske scene and once the sequences get posted, the answers come.

Yet again, it appears to be that Jack Campbell takes over a lot of Snow White shots, and even a lot of scenes supported by his assistant Tony Rivera. It appears to be that Tony was Campbell's key assistant, I wonder why he wasn't in the screen credits since he contributed a chunk of Snow White there, although I suppose the reason why was because since his shots were supported mostly from character animator, Jack Campbell - the Board decided that it didn't count for Tony to merit credit.

The single-shots of the animals looking at the pile of dishes, is a great way of explaining the story through with the dirty dishes, without the Snow White having to animate the explanations, the layout artist and animal animators did a great job with showing what was going on - e.g. "Cobwebs everywhere - my, my, my!" the chipmunk is covered up with cobwebs and struggles to free himself shows of how dirty the house really is.

Another example shows the dirtiness of the house, is at the shelf of the fireplace with dust - it appears that dead skin had gone onto that fireplace - and another example on how the animals show you how it's dirty, is that the squirrels are sneezing over the dust, and there is some neat amount of weight used in there. The taller squirrels sneeze due to the reactions of dust, and they are big and strong enough to sneeze it out, while the little one is so small and weaker that it sneezes itself into the jat. It's an entertaining shot in its way.

Well, it appears to be that a few of the shots with the turtle wasn't all animated by James Algar, there were several shots of the turtle approaching into the dwarf's cottage and the animals running out - and the turtle was by Eric Larson.

I will leave it for now, and next up Whistle While You Work.

3 comments:

John V. said...

The turtle actually looks quite noticeably different in different animators' scenes.

Steven Hartley said...

Is that in terms of different animation styles?

Eric Noble said...

Good mosaic. Jack Campbell does good animation here. He brings a sort of bouncey bubbliness that is perfect for Snow White's character.