Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Roughs from Bedknobs & Broomsticks


I couldn't resist to do a post on the soccer game from Bedknobs and Broomsticks, 1971. As I am totally enjoying many of the current World cup Games. All these unpredictable scores so far...

I believe these rough animation drawings are by Fred Hellmich, with some help from Milt Kahl.  Hellmich started at Disney in the mid 1950s and stayed through the 1970s until picking up work from other studios. 

The scenes with the gorilla goalkeeper (Team Dirty Yellows) are so great. Way back I had the soccer sequence on Super 8 film, and I loved studying the animation frame by frame.

Does anyone have any interesting infos about Fred Hellmich? There isn't a whole lot about him online. 

Here is a previous post with Milt Kahl's stunning character designs for the sequence: