Saturday, December 26, 2015

From Story Sketch to Final Frame

I talked about this scene before from Lady and the Tramp. Tramp, the salesman, is trying to convince the Beaver at the zoo how useful Lady's muzzle would be as a genuine log puller.
I just came across the story sketch,  animator Milt Kahl used as a springboard for his animated performance. Amazing to see that the idea for the characters' staging remains the same, just much improved.
The fact that the Beaver's body ends up in the air, held by his tail, adds a nice comic touch. And again Milt finds a way to connect both characters graphically by streamlining Tramp's pose and lowering his rear body.
I am always fascinated to find out how inspirational the story sketches were to the animators and how much they changed to make the scene their own.
I'll post another example shortly from Bedknobs and Broomsticks...different situation, the animator had to start almost from scratch because of a weak story sketch.


  1. Why is there a red box around the story sketch?

    1. It is a camera move. It shows the camera tracks the movement with Tramp's movement toward the beaver.

  2. This is most likely not a story sketch but rather a layout thumbnail, adapted from a story sketch. The red lines do indicate the camera movement, something usually not found on Disney story sketches, but on layout material. I purchased a whole set of what I was told were Bill Peet story sketches for Ben and Me , but what they were were actually layout thumbnails not drawn by Peet.

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  4. It is also interesting to note that the fielding represents the film's original format, before the decision was made to gor for wide screen Cinemascope.

  5. Would love to see more of this, I'm very interested in story! It seems that artwork is some of the most difficult to come by. Thanks for posting!

  6. I love seeing the behind the scenes of great animated films. Especially, the classics. Beautiful to look at and excellent to study for anyone interested in film making; animated or otherwise. I wonder how much of the preproduction had to change, if any, for the CinemaScope change?