Animation &Animation Artifacts &Disney &Frame Grabs 21 Feb 2008 09:51 am


- I watched bits of The Reluctant Dragon dvd yesterday, and was impressed with the title sequence for the “Behind the Scenes” portion of the film. For the animation credits, they’ve caricatured all the artists involved. (I wonder if the live action folk felt left out.)

The drawings are by T.Hee, but one wonders who did the writing of each name. I have to assume that each artist got to sign his* own name.
____*Note: no women got to sign their names

_____(Click any image to enlarge.)


After watching these credits I had to take a short look at some of the animation from The Reluctant Dragon, itself. I decided to take this little skip and study the images. I’ve put it together as if it were a cycle, but it really wasn’t as it appears in the film. Hence, it doesn’t quite work as one.
However, I’m sharing the stills via frame grabs.

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Finally, heres a small QT movie of the piece on two’s.

Skipping Dragon on two’s.

Anyone know the name of the animator of this scene? It’s just after the boy meets the dragon.

5 Responses to “Dragons”

  1. on 21 Feb 2008 at 12:08 pm 1.Thad Komorowski said …

    Looking at the draft, the scene is credited to Woolie Reitherman.

    Great QT movie!

  2. on 21 Feb 2008 at 2:53 pm 2.Eddie Fitzgerald said …

    It’s great to see scans of this! T. Hee was a genius! His color, full-body caricature of Huemer is one of the funniest caricatures of anybody that I’ve ever seen!

    The dragon animation was terrific! Disney animated featurettes and shorts from the compilation films contain some of my favorite animation from that studio!

  3. on 23 Feb 2008 at 11:53 pm 3.Floyd Norman said …

    We had a chance to watch the film at the Disney studio back in the fifties. A lot of these guys were still around. It was so funny to see the “old guys” as young men.

    Years later, I watched the film at Disney with Joe Grant. Boy, did he have stories to tell.

  4. on 24 Feb 2008 at 1:45 am 4.Michael said …

    It must have been an interesting period at the studio. Everyone was riding high artistically, and a strike was about to break out.

  5. on 25 Feb 2008 at 10:23 pm 5.Bill Perkins said …

    In addition to doing the caricatures I also believe T. influenced the animation of the dragon. We viewed this with him around 1978/79 at Cal Arts and at the time of the Reluctant Dragon T. was known as a flamboyant showman/actor when presenting storyboards. The dragon bears as strong physical relationship to T. as he was at that time and I have no doubt that a the drop of a hat he would have performed the dragon in the manner in which he is portrayed and added significantly to what reached the screen.

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