Thursday, November 2, 2017

Merlin and Mim

From Bill Peet's storyboard sketch to final film frame.
Frank Thomas animated this section from Sword in the Stone, where Mim in her bossy way explains the rules for the upcoming Wizards' Duel. Frank was able to improve the staging for this "nose grab moment" because of the characters' variation in height. Mim has to stand on her toes and reach upward to get to Merlin's face.
This makes for a clear, dynamic, triangular composition.
Old Disney rule: You gotta plus the stuff given to you!