Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Broody Brom Bones


Brom Bones is not happy watching the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel dancing with Ichabod Crane. In this scene by Milt Kahl his frustration intensifies as he re-positions himself before noticing Tilda sitting by herself, and not participating in the festivities of the party.

A couple scenes later show him coming up with an idea to get back to Katrina, and that plot involves Tilda.

Beautiful animation, gorgeous drawing that show his emotion very clearly. I remember Frank Thomas (who also animated Brom Bones and Tilda in this sequence) talking about how he felt that at that particular time -the 1940s- Milt was just perfect for the studio. (Which implies that Milt wasn't perfect for the studio later on.)

You might want to print out these pages, flipping them is a real treat!

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  1. I love this scene, the animation in the dancing sequence is so dynamic... I discovered this film rather recently but it immediately became a Halloween must-watch. I remember you mentioned this character was sort of an inspiration when you animated Gaston. Did it help in terms of the realism in the anatomy of the character?

    1. Yes, it was a good starting point at the early stage of Gaston's character development.

  2. Dear Andreas, I love your blog and of course I bought your beautiful book about the nine old men!!!
    I was wondering why don't you make another book about the animators of Disney's reinassance... I think you and your ex colleagues diserve a book!! Your films inspired a lot my youth with your beautiful characters and drawings!! I think also that a lot of people in the world can relate to me!!
    Here just a few names... but you know better I think:
    Andreas Deja
    Glen Keane
    Eric Goldberg
    Mark Henn
    Chris Sanders
    Ruben Aquino
    James Baxter
    David Pruiksma
    Kathy Zielinski

  3. Coole Zeichnungen. Mir gefallen diese gigantischen Hände!

  4. Wonderful, Gaston reference! Best blog Ever! Thanks, Andreas!

  5. Would like to contact you about some large-scale animation projects, one of which features a character much like Brom Bones only a good guy. That one is a little-known opera by a renowned classical composer. Can I email you or send a letter?