Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Snow White Mosaic: Part 12A



(Just as a recap from my previous post yesterday, and as promised - here is the commentary on this sequence, and I'll be writing this down...)

This is a classic sequence that has been remembered a lot by the audiences, and it's a personal favourite sequence of mine in this film. It's a lot of fun and there are a lot of gags you can do with washing as it's demonstrated in this whole sequence, in the washing song. There is a great amount of character personality used between Grumpy and the seven dwarfs. How they plan to get Grumpy back from his insults. Of course, Grumpy's personality doesn't change one bit until much later on in the film.

Whilst Snow White has sent the dwarfs to wash their hands and get ready, and she is doing the cooking off-screen. The dwarfs do not know how to wash and they are unsure if they have to go inside the tub, and the line where Bashful says "Do we have to wash where it doesn't show?" and I assume that he's talking about "private parts".

I also like the song in it very much, and it's quite clever on how that Doc is demonstrating the men how to wash and yet he finds a way of putting some rhythm into it, and I like the whole music in that song, and I think it's one of the best Disney songs ever written.

Bill Tytla is the main animator on that sequence. He animates nearly ALL of the sequence by himself, with some scenes of Dopey and the soap by Fred Spencer, a scene of Snow White calling for "supper", and a scene of the fly washing itself with soap by Riley Thompson. Tytla is the best animator here and what amazes here in what Tytla uses in his animation is the weird poses here - and I'm not saying weird in a bad way. He has some good poses there and he really has a lot of fun with the animation. A lot of the scene grabs in Tytla scenes shows some extreme poses in Tytla's shots.

When I hear animation folks talk about one of their favourite pieces of animation by Bill Tytla, an example of an answer might be oh, the Devil in Night on Bald Mountain, or Stromboli in Pinocchio. An answer I would say is this sequence. This is one of my all-time favourite film in this film, and I just love all the animation. Shot 36A is perfectly done well and I love the squash and stretch used on Dopey's head. Tytla uses the "squash and stretch" animation element a lot in this sequence, and it works very well.

There is also the classic part of the whole sequence where the dwarfs plot on washing Grumpy in the tub, after Grumpy's response that there would be no chance that they would get washed. So, they surround Grumpy and they grab him to be washed in the tub, and each dwarf grabs his hands and arms so he has no chance of escaping.

I should note that I notice that Bill Tytla has a different animation style to the seven dwarfs compared to other animators like Fred Moore, Frank Thomas, Fred Spencer, Dick Lundy, etc. and his way of animating the dwarf is more menacing looking, and he gives his characters sharp poses and and also thick eyebrows. The style and his way of animating in this sequence works very well.

Fred Spencer's scenes of Dopey trying to catch the soap is very fun to watch, too. I like them very much - and it's very broad and very funny, and I believe that Eddie Collins does the voice effects of Dopey, as he was a burlesque entertainer. The scenes where Dopey tries to catch the soap were originally animated by Fred Moore and they thought his original tests didn't suit the scenes and the shots were reassigned to Fred Spencer.

What I do notice, is that the reflection effects of the dwarfs from the tub look as though that he were animated as well by either character or effects. This was before when special effects in films like Fantasia or Bambi had very realistic water reflections, and that Snow White was in the early process of effects animation when it was just building.

Here is the whole washing sequence, with most of the animation by Bill Tytla, himself.

1 comment:

Liimlsan said...

Tytla also had this fleshy and incredibly four-dimensional way of drawing that he used on the Dwarves... he's like Abe Levitow in that his stuff is mostly notable for the power behind the motion.

(One thing I notice about Bill Tytla's scenes - he always tries to keep the mouth edges as clear as possible. Often here; and occasionally in both Stromboli and
Dumbo, he will have a character smile; but the edge of the crescent is visible and the flesh on the cheeks is pulled back about an inch, in the same place, leaving the mouth shape completely clear. 0.e VERY good cheating. Clarity's sake?)