Thursday, September 7, 2017

From Bill Peet to Frank Thomas

Three terrific story sketches by Bill Peet of Pongo, as he is sent flying during a fight with the Baduns.
Peet could have been a top animator as you can see in the action break down displayed here.
Three moments from a quick action scene.
The flight, the impact and the recovery. Frank Thomas animated parts of the sequence in which Pongo and Perdita face off with Jasper and Horace Badun. You can see how Frank was inspired by the story sketches. Pongo's end position shows his front legs pointing forward, which makes sense from an animator's point of view. After the body comes to an abrupt stop, the front legs swing through.
It seems like when working from Peet's boards, your scene was half done.

The story sketches are currently available at Van Eaton Galleries: