Animation Artifacts &Disney &Models 22 Jun 2009 07:16 am

Mickey Class

- Back in March 2007, Jenny Lerew, on her excellent site, Blackwing Diaries, posted a couple of the booklets that came in the Disney Animation Kits sold at Disneyland’s Art Corner. Aside from the Tips on Animation booklet and the How to Draw Goofy booklet, there was one on How to Draw Donald and another on How to Draw Mickey.

I’ll try to post these last two books in the next few days. However, for now, I’m interested in posting a professional analysis of Mickey, Goofy and Donald that was done as part of the process in the Disney studios in 1935.

The following is an analysis of Mickey given as a handout to all animators. There’s almost as much writing in it as there is drawing. The piece is introduced by Ted Sears and completes with analysis and drawings by Fred Moore.

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8 Responses to “Mickey Class”

  1. on 22 Jun 2009 at 10:21 am 1.Stephen Macquignon said …

    There are references to different movies.
    Do you know if animators at Disney would see these films to understand the characters better?

  2. on 22 Jun 2009 at 10:25 am 2.Michael said …

    Absolutely, they would see the shorts. There was probably a lecture built around these notes with a screening of the shorts. For a while, the Disney upper echelon would go to a theater to see a sneak preview of the shorts they worked on just as it was ready to hit the theaters. I’m sure, also, that any animator would probably have been able to view a short if he felt he needed to understand it more.

  3. on 22 Jun 2009 at 11:41 am 3.Dan Caylor said …

    Thanks! These will help with my current studies. I’m studying Donald right now, could you do him next?

  4. on 22 Jun 2009 at 1:01 pm 4.Benjamin De Schrijver said …

    I believe this is also available in the appendices of The Illusion of Life, along with Donald, ‘the Goof’ and Pluto (and some other letters/lectures by various animators).

  5. on 23 Jun 2009 at 9:22 pm 5.bhaaluu said …

    This is an excellent post!
    Blackwing Diaries posted ‘Tips On Animation’ in two parts,
    but never posted the rest of the Animation Kit; the booklets
    of How To Draw Goofy, or How To Draw Donald, or How to Draw Mickey. Also missing is the Flipbook. It would also be very
    nice to see the rest of the Animation Kit, including the
    X sheets, and so forth. I’ve reproduced the animation desk
    very easily, and have the ‘Tips On Animation’ booklet. The
    other stuff would be very nice, indeed! Do you actually
    have in your possession, this Disney Animation Kit, in toto?

  6. on 23 Jun 2009 at 10:19 pm 6.Michael said …

    I have a couple of the “How To Draw” books, and I’ll post them in the coming week or two. I think I have Mickey and Donald. The best of the lot by far is the one Jenny posted, “Tips on Animation.”

  7. on 24 Jun 2009 at 8:19 pm 7.Daniel said …

    Thanks for sharing these. They are treasures.
    Now I can learn how to draw Mickey, haha.

  8. on 26 Jun 2009 at 3:30 pm 8.hasani said …

    simply wonderfull, i just love when you post these kind of images (how-to-draw…), youre very kind and generous to post these, please keep up the good work, the drawings are just full of appeal and gesture, very well drafted.

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