Sunday, November 28, 2021

101 Dalmatians, Behind the Scenes V

Last part of images from an Italian booklet about the production process from Disney's 1961 animated feature 101 Dalmatians
When you create something that's innovative, beautiful and entertaining, it will be for the ages. 
101 Dalmatians falls into that category.

Sunday, November 14, 2021

The Brave Little Tailor's Giant

 You really can't overstate the inventive animation Bill Tytla produced during his time at Disney.

Just take his work on the Giant from the 1938 short The Brave Little Tailer.  On the surface his design is pretty cartoony. Around this time Giant personality types similar to this one showed up in short films from other studios. But Tytla's animation shines because on top of basic animatable forms he applies real human anatomy. Each hand, leg or foot is a study in a classical sense. The way finger- and toenails are drawn in proper perspective shows that this man was a master artist who knew the human figure. 

And then there is this tremendous feeling of weight in the animation. WEIGHT !! One of the most important components in any kind of animation.

These clean up lines were drawn over Tytla's rough animation, on the same sheet of paper. That's why the drawings have such vitality as well as beautiful dimensional volumes. Groundbreaking work.

Are young animation students today still studying this kind of stuff? I sure hope so. 



Tuesday, November 9, 2021

101 Dalmatians, Behind the Scenes IV

Here is the fourth installment of artwork and production photos from 101 Dalmatians. (One more to go.) Somebody mentioned that this material should be included in a coffee table sized book on the making of the film. I couldn't agree more. Any of Walt Disney's animated features deserve a deluxe book, showing the behind the scenes process. Pierre Lambert has been publishing gorgeous books on Disney films filled with original artwork. 

But it is time for a series of books that lift the curtain and give readers an indepth look on how these cinematic masterpieces came to be. Storyboards, character designs, layouts, backgrounds, photo stats and photos of the artists at work should all be included. What do you think?







Monday, November 8, 2021

Runaway Brain Article


Here is a new insightful article by Drew Taylor about the troubled production of the Mickey Mouse 1995 short film Runaway Brain. I have nothing but great memories working on this project in Paris, out of all places. The French animation crew was fantastic, so talented and enthusiastic.

I did a post on Runaway Brain a while ago:

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Halloween, Ollie's Birthday

It is still October 31 on the US west coast, Halloween. A good time to remember Ollie Johnston, since today is his birthday. Ollie is not very well known for his animation on villains, even though he animated a few. Brom Bones, Cinderella's stepsisters and Smee all benefited from his comedic touch toward villainous characters. 

Ollie IS known though for his work on Prince John and Sir Hiss from Robin Hood. Here are a few sheets showing explorations for scene continuity and character layouts.

This is actually a Frank Thomas sketch.