Friday, 5 August 2011

Snow White Mosaic: Part 11



Hiya readers - I've finished my first vacation at Sayer's Croft (an activity centre, 5 miles from where I live), and I'm able to post this mosaic today. Of course, (August 6) I leave for a cruise and I won't resume posting I'm afraid. My second blog still can't be updated until August 13th, too I'm afraid. Sorry, my holiday - my call.

In this sequence, this shows some more unsophistication out of the seven dwarfs, and this time in involves personal hygiene and manners on the table (except the manners on the table part doesn't show up until the deleted "soup" sequence). Snow White plays an important role in this sequence, and he controls the characters here. Since she is the maiden of this cottage, she also has to make sure the dwarfs are down what they are told, and plus - she treats the dwarfs quite mother-like in this sequence.

As soon as the seven dwarfs smell the lovely smell of soup, they all rush down stairs (Dopey being stuck on the banister part of the stairs) and they all scramble around on the table, fighting over where they are going to sit - or fighting over pieces of bread, and also snatching. As Snow White stops the fighting and bickering - she warns them that they "have time to wash". The dwarfs are baffled, and have no idea that it's mannered to wash your hands before supper.

Unsophistication turns up when Doc is unsure of Snow White saying "wash", and he tries to get out of the situation along with the other dwarfs, that they told a fib that they had lied - considering that they washed "recently". Snow White, who shows an astute personality in this sequence is aware that the dwarfs are fibbing with Doc hesitating, and the dwarfs not being able to get a full answer out until they all (exc. Dopey) say "Recently" in a group. Snow White is also aware that they are lying, because of the evidence that they are not showing their hands that are dirty from mining all day. As, all seven pair of hands are dirty (Grumpy doesn't show his hands), and they all are ordered to wash or no supper for them.

Snow White's line "You'll go straight outside and wash - or you'll not get a bite to eat." That is one of the old-fashioned ways of punishment to children, if they didn't follow their parents orders or they misbehaved, and (usually) as a warning note, they would not have anything to eat for dinner and sent to bed early. Of course, Snow White is a teenager and yet she has power to tell the dwarfs what to do because of her beauty. I'm afraid that I've always never understood that, beauty isn't always everything. But, Snow White is part of the Royal family and is the princess and the dwarfs must show a lot of sympathy and respect for her.

Frank Thomas animates the bulk of the dwarfs in this sequence, and gets the good personality shots. Bill Tytla animates the personality shots of Grumpy, and wonderful timing on Grumpy's facial smear in Shot 20. This is one of Frank's earlier animation where he handles personality scenes wonderfully. His dwarfs animation are appealing, as well as the acting is very good. He gets a lot of personality particularly in shots that are about 30 feet long and also Shot 13B which is roughly 39 feet of animation in 26 seconds, of the dwarfs revealing their dirty hands. I assume that the assistant animator had to probably add the dirt on the dwarfs' hands, while Frank did the animation. Shot 18 by Frank Thomas has some good staging in the scene where the dwarfs march to the bathroom to wash, and Dopey walks on with his "hitch steps" - a gag contributed by Frank Thomas. Grumpy is also in the scene just standing there cantankerously. The shot is 32 feet song and it lasts 21 seconds.

Fred Spencer mostly animates crowd shots of the dwarfs on the table and fighting. I suppose that's animator casting - the director had an animator cast onto crowd scenes, and Fred was suitable for the scenes evolving around there.

Snow White is mostly animated by Grim Natwick here who takes control of her personality. Grim does some wonderful animation there of the wise princess who can't get fooled by the dwarfs. He also animates the scenes of Snow White and with Tytla's Grumpy scenes. Jack Campbell handles the first shot where Snow White runs to the cauldron and cooks the soup. It surprises me to find Campbell credited for animation here, the first shot doesn't even LOOK like Campbell's animation. It's a completely different animation style from Jack's and it really does look like a child Ham Luske scene. Unless, this is one of the theories I heard about the Snow White animation scenes been swapped around. Maybe Jack very well handled that shot, and it wasn't rotoscoped at all - but I don't know too much on his animation background.

What's good to find here is that the single-shot scenes of Snow White warning the dwarfs to wash, and knowing that they are lying, the fireplace animation is animated with real fire. It seemed that the director on this sequence was very aware with errors, and wanted to make sure that the fireplace animation had animated fire when it couldn't be noticed in the background. I think that was pretty good back for 1937 - although it's a shame that most effects animation in this film is never credited at all in this film. We may find some effects animation credited later on.

This was the sequence where Frank Thomas contributed to the story and that Dopey should continuously throughout the film do hitch-steps to catch up with the others, and as Walt Disney thought it was a good idea - he got the animators on the dwarfs (when the animation was already greenlit) and called to reanimate scenes to add Dopey's hitch steps - the animators blamed Thomas for the amount of work. Frank also said that when an idea already comes during the animation process and Walt Disney liked it, he would always ask animators to reanimate scenes or start again. The "hitch steps" gag is an example.

2 comments:

spokeshave said...

I'm pretty shore I've seen an interview with Ward Kimball and he says that he came up with Dopy's hitch step and had the same reaction from other animators? Maybe he actually suggested to Frank that he add a hitch step after seeing Frank's early rough test, do it like this... And acted it out for Frank?
If Ward could find a way of upsetting the other animators, I'm sure he would.

spokeshave said...

I'm pretty shore I've seen an interview with Ward Kimball and he says that he came up with Dopy's hitch step and had the same reaction from other animators? Maybe he actually suggested to Frank that he add a hitch step after seeing Frank's early rough test, do it like this... And acted it out for Frank?
If Ward could find a way of upsetting the other animators, I'm sure he would.