Friday, September 30, 2022

The Bare Necessities


This is a beautiful scene of Mowgli animated by Ollie Johnston. 
The boy and the bear have bonded by now, and Mowgli is singing along with Baloo about "The Bear Necessities" as the two of them float down a river. 
No live action reference here, this is all Ollie. To me it is one of those scenes that seems detached from the animator. It looks and feels so natural and in character, you might think Mowgli is acting on his own. No animator attached. The ultimate accomplishment, real life on the screen.

Mowgli sings: "With just the bare necessities of life." Ollie chose the word LIFE as the main accent for his animation. So beautiful and personal.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Visit the Jungle Book Exhibition ! just might run into Milt Kahl's daughter Sybil (center) and her group of friends. I understand a good time was had by all. As King Louie says: "Have a banana!"

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

"Where is Mowgli ?"


This is easily one of Milt Kahl's best scenes in the Jungle Book. Bagheera heard Baloo calling for him, so he runs toward where the bear's voice was coming from. He is less concerned with Baloo and more worried about Mowgli. 

The first part of the scene is missing here, when the panther steps on the bear. I just love the way Bagheera repositions himself to look for Mowgli in a different direction. Then back to Baloo for further questions about the boy's whereabouts. 

Those are complex, analytical drawings during the transitional motion from right to left and back. It would be just about impossible to draw those positions beautifully, but Milt pulls it off, needless to say. And he maintains a super simplicity in defining the panther's body. Always just a few lines, big cat anatomy boiled down to an essence.

The way Bagheera shakes Baloo's head in frustration at the end is such a human gesture. Done by a lesser animator this could look awful. Great squash and stretch on Baloo's neck!

The whole scene is a joy to watch and to analyze.