Hi folks. It’s a simple one this week; I’m still working on a longer article for next week’s post. For now though, I’ll get back to packing and sending Flip the Frog sneak preview disc and other things!
I’m always fascinated by films that show a ‘behind the scenes’ look into the animation process. A little while back we even put together a disc of just these types of films, called Making ‘Em Move. In more recent times, I found a film at the National Archives that includes a segment of the First Motion Picture Unit. We transferred it, and it appears on the More Cartoons for Victory DVD. Here is the brief sequence showing animators working on training films, in HD. This sequence and the film it is from remain a mystery to me – does anyone know what film it was produced for, or if it was actually just produced for the film about the FMPU? Either way, it looks like it may be one of the films under the direction of the Velvet Knife himself, Frank Thomas.
Can anyone identify any of the animators working here?
Another film I really like about making animated films is the French-produced Animated Cartoons- the Toy that Grew Up. It’s a well produced and researched short.
Later, Disney used some of the sequences in the above film for his Disneyland television show – in “The Story of the Animated Drawing”:
A promotional film for Snow White also has some fantastic behind the scenes footage. Some of this footage made it into at least two other films, both newsreel stories about the studio:
I’ve also always loved this Popular Science short from 1938. One of these days I’m going to pull out the recording that Lenny Kohl made of Gordan Sheehan watching this, naming all the animators:
Drawing Account was a film created by Jam Handy to show their process. There’s some fun Jim Tyer animation in this little film (with lots of staggers!) and I’m pretty sure this animation was done *just* for this short:
Have a good week everyone!