Animation Artifacts &Disney &Peet &Story & Storyboards 14 Jan 2008 09:17 am

Peet’s Little House 1

- John Canemaker loaned me these boards by Bill Peet for the short, The Little House.

These storyboards are five dense pages.
The photo images on them are small, so I had to break them apart and reassemble them so that you’d be able to enlarge them enough to study.

They’re an excellent example of an extraordinary story artist developing a pre-existing story, the children’s book by Virginia Lee Burton (who also wrote Mike Mulligan and His Steamshovel.)

This is the first of these five pages. It’ll take a few posts to get them all in.

This is the full first board as it looks before I cut it apart. The image is small and I cut it up and reassembled it. The blue nunbers below the panels represent the row of images displayed.

Page 1 – 1a____ You’ll have to click images to enlarge them enough to view them properly.

Page 1 – 1b

Page 1 – 2a

Page 1 – 2b

Page 1 – 3a

Page 1 – 3b

Page 1 -4a

Page 1 – 4b

Page 1 – 5a

Page 1 – 5b

Page 1 – 6a

Page 1 – 6b

Page 1 – 7a

Page 1 – 7b

Page 1 – 8a

Page 1 – 8b

The following are three images from the dvd extas to give an indication of color.

More tomorrow.

12 Responses to “Peet’s Little House 1”

  1. on 14 Jan 2008 at 11:20 am 1.Kellie Strøm said …

    How do you feel the film compares with the book?

    I saw the short first and didn’t enjoy it much, but when I came across the book a few months later, I loved it. A central effect in the book is that the house stays at the centre of a big changing landscape throughout the story. The point of view of the reader never changes until the house is moved. The size of the book is more generous than ‘Mike Mulligan’ and ‘Katy and the big snow’, the only other books I’ve seen so far by Virginia Lee Burton. The effect is like Robert Crumb’s later strip showing a landscape that becomes gradually more and more urban, also seen from a fixed point of view.

    The point of the little house as a still centre in the midst of change seemed much undermined by the conventional approach to telling the story on film with loads of cuts and close-ups.

  2. on 14 Jan 2008 at 12:26 pm 2.Michael said …

    Much as I find the cartoon entertaining – though certainly not a favorite – I absolutely agree with you. I think the point was missed by moving the house. The book is great.

    I have about five of Virginia Lee Burton’s books. They’re all gems.

    It was tough adapting Mike Mulligan to animation – all the drawings featured such tiny figures, and the destruction of the earth to make better byways was not something I enjoyed animating. However, it was quite a rewarding film when it was done.

  3. on 14 Jan 2008 at 1:19 pm 3.OwlBoy said …

    omg! I loved this short as a kid. It was great!

    Any idea where I could get ahold of it again?

    I ended up creating this a few years back, and my memories of this short were what inspired it:


  4. on 14 Jan 2008 at 1:26 pm 4.Michael said …

    The Little House is part of the Disney Rarities dvd.

  5. on 14 Jan 2008 at 9:00 pm 5.Kevin Koch said …

    Michael, this is a goldmine of a post. Thank you for going to all the trouble.

  6. on 15 Jan 2008 at 10:07 am 6.David said …

    No denying he was a great storyman.

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