Animation Artifacts &Disney &Story & Storyboards 19 Feb 2008 08:45 am

Peet’s Susie Book 1

– Well, here we have an oddity to add to the Bill Peet playbook. Susie the Blue Coupe was a short written by Peet and animated as a Disney short released in 1951.

Obviously Peet had planned this as a children’s book. For quite some time he wanted to separate from Disney, and he saw children’s books as a way out. He writes about _______ Don’t you love the title Auto ___ Biography !
Lambert the Sheepish Lion
in his autobiography. Apparently, though, Susie was another attempt by him to move out.

Here’s the mock up for a book by Bill Peet. I don’t know if the book came before the board or the board before the book. Again, this comes from the collection of John Canemaker as does the storyboard from the film which I’ll post next week. Thank you, John, many times over.

Animators included Ollie Johnston, Cliff Nordberg, Hal King and Bob Carlson with backgrounds by Ralph Hulett. Clyde Geronomi directed it.

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(To be concluded tomorrow.)
The video is available all over the internet. You can watch it currently on YouTube or buy the dvd at Amazon.

6 Responses to “Peet’s Susie Book 1”

  1. on 19 Feb 2008 at 10:28 am 1.Tim Rauch said …

    The drawings are just as beautiful as your other Peet-posts, but it’s great to see some of his writing here, too. It’s amazingly tight stuff, just like his images, his words tie up the whole page with no loose ends and lots of personality. Thanks for the post!

  2. on 19 Feb 2008 at 1:43 pm 2.Holger said …

    Beautiful. I can’t wait to show this to my kids.
    I love reading Peet’s books with them.

  3. on 19 Feb 2008 at 1:57 pm 3.Mark Fearing said …

    Great stuff. I am always delighted and amazed when I see Peet’s work. Thanks for posting!

    By the way, I linked to this site from my blog.


  4. on 20 Feb 2008 at 5:56 pm 4.Hans Perk said …

    Great to see these!
    I have been told that Susie is one of the few (three, I think) shorts that Disney has let lapse into public domain by mistake – thus everyone can sell it, as long as they do not advertise it as a Disney production or use images on the packaging. In itself rather amazing!

  5. on 21 Feb 2008 at 2:41 pm 5.Eddie Fitzgerald said …

    Stunning! Absolutely stunning! Many thanks to you and John Canemaker!

  6. on 22 Feb 2008 at 8:32 pm 6.Jesse Haskell said …

    In reference to the above poster’s contention that this production is public domain – nothing could be further from the truth. Our classic animated short is most assuredly a property of Disney Enterprises, Inc. and as such is fully controlled and owned by our Company.

    Jesse Haskell, Clearance Administrator
    Corporate Legal Rights Administration
    The Walt Disney Company
    500 South Buena Vista Street
    Burbank, CA 91521-0175

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