Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Roger Rabbit Scenes V

I think this was the most labor intensive scene I ever animated (represented here by the first two film frames). It was toward the end of animation production, when I as asked to do the front row of characters racing through the hole in the ACME Factory's wall toward camera, and stopping in front of the melted villain, Judge Doom. The group of characters included Disney personalities, but other studios as well. Like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, the Roadrunner, and Betty Boop.
This wasn't a very long scene, just with a lot of characters. And everyone was supposed to move in character. That meant studying VHS tapes of classic short films from Warners and Fleischer.
I had a blast animating this great variety of cartoon icons, but I do remember being asked frequently by the production manager: "Andreas, WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO FINISH THAT SCENE?!"

We cut a little closer for comments by these animation a-list characters. To this day animator Nik Ranieri gives me grief for not drawing Bugs on model.

We cut even closer for Pinocchio's line of dialogue. I forgot I also drew Droopy and Speedy Gonzales  here. Maybe not 100% on model, but great fun to do.


  1. Whoa, that crowd was animated by a single person? I had always assumed it had to be a collaboration by at least a couple of dozen!

  2. I dind know you work on Roger Rabbit or The Black Cauldron i thought you work on The Little Mermaid but i didn't know.

  3. -B-

    The clown behind Goofy...spooky...

  4. I thought that Mickey might have been yours. I imagine you'd have done the rough animation for each character separately, but have them cleaned up all on the same sheet?
    I've heard it was a particularly tight schedule, so you must have felt the pressure when it came to doing Bambi and Pinocchio

  5. Speedy Gonzales first screen appearance is August 29, 1953 according to Wiki.. hahah Roger Rabbits takes place in the late 40's.

    1. Oh, I know. Look at the penguins from Mary Poppins, 1964. The idea was that these "modern" characters weren't famous yet in the late 40's.

    2. That looks funny, but FROZEN is the best movie than Bambi and others films beacuse it makes me cry so i like Modern movies like Tangled or Beauty and the Beast but i respect the 40's and 60's its a Masterpiece.

  6. Hey Andreas do you happen to know what cartoon that goofy looking cowboy came from that is seen next to Yosemite Sam and Peter from Peter and the Wolf? It's been bugging me for years.