Animation &Animation Artifacts &Disney 04 Jan 2010 08:42 am

More Thomas Jungle Book – 2

- Last week, I posted the first part of a scene Frank Thomas animated for The Jungle Book. This is the second scene offered that involved the boy, Mowgli, and Kaa, the snake.

This scene follows one I posted several months back. (The two come in the film with only a closeup of Kaa separating them.)

The 103 drawings in the scene will have to be broken into three parts, so you can expect the last third next week.

Once again, many thanks go to John Canemaker for allowing me to share these on line.

I begin with the last of the drawings up last week, #33:

(Click any image to enlarge.)






















The Following QT movie is of the complete scene.
I love how he shakes his head and mouths the word “No”
just prior to wrenching his hand from Kaa’s grip.

Click left side of the black bar to play.
Right side to watch single frame.

15 Responses to “More Thomas Jungle Book – 2”

  1. on 04 Jan 2010 at 5:20 pm 1.Joel Brinkerhoff said …

    Thanks for the great post. It’s always refreshing and encouraging to see the working drawings before clean-up. I love the reversing lines in Mowglis’ back.

  2. on 04 Jan 2010 at 11:48 pm 2.Sam said …

    There´s some problem when I try to enlarge the drawing #59. Anyway, thanks again for the great post.

  3. on 05 Jan 2010 at 9:01 am 3.Michael said …

    Sorry you were having troubles with #59, but everything seems to be working on this end.

  4. on 05 Jan 2010 at 12:51 pm 4.David said …

    Same problem here:

    Clicking on drawing #59 to enlarge it and it goes back to drawing #50.

    This is the link currently attached to the small image of #59:

    Change the last set of numbers in that link from 2050.jpg to 2059.jpg
    and it will go to the large version of drawing #59

  5. on 05 Jan 2010 at 1:53 pm 5.Michael said …

    Sorry, it should be working correctly now.

  6. on 06 Jan 2010 at 1:28 am 6.Jonah Sidhom said …

    This post and the similar break-downs that have been posted before have got me wondering:
    Do you think any CG animators will ever achieve the same (or similar) notoriety that hand-drawn animators such as Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston have achieved? So much so that bloggers in the future will pick their shots out of movies to examine them frame-by-frame? I ask because CG is the animation medium I’m choosing to work in, but there seems to be a certain distance between the animator and animation.

    I guess it’s because hand-drawn requires two major skills: drawing and animating. CG is purely animating, since there’s a constant “puppet” to work with that never changes. That’s my best guess why hand-drawn seems to be the most personable medium and the one that lends itself best to name recognition. But still, I’d love to see some CG animators really emerge as leaders, like the Nine Old Men.

  7. on 06 Jan 2010 at 8:54 am 7.Michael said …

    I have written my thoughts about this in the past (and have been killed for it). No, I don’t think the cg animator will gain as much acclaim as 2D animators of the past. Animation in cg seems to me to be the art of redoing something over and over until you get something close to what you’d like to have done. And then you hand it over to others to draw the “skin” the “lighting” of the character, etc.
    2D animators animate the characters and then do minor touchups. They then hand it to a human inbetweener. It’s not a computer completing any of the work for you. The inbetweens are done by a thinking person – full of exaggerations, errors, individual choices. They add to the life.

    There are too many scenes in The Princess and the Frog that could not have been done by a computer without challenging the system. Nothing similar is being done by ANY cgi producer.

  8. on 06 Jan 2010 at 5:28 pm 8.Sam said …

    But what´s wrong in doing something over and over until you get something close to what you’d like to have done?

  9. on 06 Jan 2010 at 5:40 pm 9.Michael said …

    You’re doing it over and over to try to trick the computer into doing what you’re hoping it will do. That’s not art; it’s the art of compromise. When you animate with a pencil, you draw the images and create the movement. The computer does little more than record it rather than interact with you on creating it.

  10. on 06 Jan 2010 at 6:01 pm 10.Sam said …

    OK, I guess I got the point: you do something over and over until the COMPUTER get something close to what you´d like YOU had done, right?

  11. on 06 Jan 2010 at 8:03 pm 11.Sam said …

    But I´m not sure if I agree with that. I think it´s an art making those computer data evoke your emotions as believable characters.

  12. on 07 Jan 2010 at 8:39 pm 12.Sam said …


    Could somebody tell me why some of the drawings from this scene are numbered along with letter A?


  13. on 08 Jan 2010 at 12:48 am 13.Michael said …

    Sam, they’re probably numbered with an “A” because they were added to the scene after the fact. The drawings precede the others and extended the opening of the scene for Frank Thomas. Rather than renumber all of the drawings he just changed the numbers of these few.

    Numbering systems that use the simplest logic are the best.

  14. on 09 Jan 2010 at 8:15 am 14.John V. said …

    Anyone know why Kaa has a different design in each of the two sequences where he appears?

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