Animation &Animation Artifacts &Disney 03 Jun 2009 07:25 am

Tytla’s Stromboli

- Bill Tytla‘s work has to be studied and studied and studied for any student of animation. He was the best, and it’s pretty doubtful his work will be superceded. He brought beautiful distortion to many of the drawings he did, using it as a way to hammer home some of the emotions in the elasticity he was creating. Yet, the casual observer watching this sequence in motion doesn’t ever notice that distortion yet can feel it in the strength of the motion.

Stromboli offers everything for that study. I have some old copies of a scene too large (a couple hundred drawings) to post in one shot.

Four drawings (#1, 11, 22, & 48) that shift so enormously but call no attention to itself.
Brilliant draftsmanship and use of the forms.

Here we have the beginning: drawings 1-48. More will come in the future.

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The full scene with all drawings.
Click left side of the black bar to play.
Right side to watch single frame.

11 Responses to “Tytla’s Stromboli”

  1. on 03 Jun 2009 at 8:37 am 1.John Celestri said …

    Brilliant!!! Tytla’s gift was to use movement to portray the emotional content of his character’s dialog…perfect pantomime. More! Please!

  2. on 03 Jun 2009 at 8:46 am 2.David Nethery said …

    Thank you ! Yes, more please !

  3. on 03 Jun 2009 at 10:27 am 3.Dan Caylor said …

    Thank you! I’ll print this right on animation paper and flip it! Yay!

  4. on 03 Jun 2009 at 10:40 am 4.john said …

    Wow, such diversity shouldn’t lend itself to fluid animation, but boy does it ever!

  5. on 03 Jun 2009 at 1:07 pm 5.Rusty Mills said …

    Thank you! thank you! thank you! this is great inspiration and a wonderful scene to hammer home some of the principals. Please more!

  6. on 03 Jun 2009 at 4:54 pm 6.Oswald Iten said …

    Wonderful! This is what “animating forces instead of forms” is all about. And just look at those darting pupils on top of the irises. Thank you for posting them!

  7. on 03 Jun 2009 at 11:45 pm 7.Thad said …

    I cry when I look at this stuff and not because of how beautiful it is. It’s because Tytla should have been able to build from this and helm more features with more realized-characters at Disney’s. This movie is from 1940. Dumbo is from 1941. That’s far, far too earlier in animation history for Tytla to have peaked.

  8. on 04 Jun 2009 at 1:02 am 8.Richard Bailey said …

    Please sir, Can I have some more!
    Thank you for posting this amazing collection of drawings. Can’t wait to see the rest

  9. on 04 Jun 2009 at 5:33 am 9.christian said …

    yes yes yes! more please. i have not seen these anywhere else! thanks so much for the effort to put them together here.

  10. on 05 Jun 2009 at 12:37 am 10.Aaron said …

    As far as Tytla animation goes his animation on Dumbo is really his best work to me. Stromboli is too showy for my taste and his design has that strange mix of older shorts conventions such as the tube lips which always put me off with their fleshiness. I think I read once that WC Fields was overheard at the Pinocchio premier saying of Stromboli that”He moves too much”, I have to agree.

  11. on 08 Jun 2009 at 1:18 pm 11.hasani said …

    this is simply great material to study!! please, if you can, give us more of this beautiful artwork from Tytla and all of the other animator’s work you’ve shown here. simply amazing. I hope to see more

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