Animation &Animation Artifacts 22 Mar 2010 08:01 am

Stromboli Jump

- Here’s a scene all of 29 drawings in length, but if you check it out in the film it’s enormous. Everything’s moving – the wago they’re standing in, the pots & pans, things on the table and most definitely Stromboli who in one enormous drawing changes the scene, Pinocchio’s world and the mood in the audience. “Quiet!” is all the dialogue shouted in the scene. It”s frightening.

(Make sure you click to enlarge every drawing here.)

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Closed position starting to open his body – legs first.

Pulling it all into a ball,
he shouts, “QUIET” – the dialogue for the scene


Couldn’t open up more than this.
Just look at the distortion in this drawing. Magnificent.
Open, loud, ready to burst. One frame only.

Next frame he’s landed and gathered himself.
Only the secondary action – vest, pants, beard –
echo the outburst.

Quickly he starts to turn.


His clothes lag behind in pulling themselves together.



He’s set to give the demand and end the scene.

The following QT movie represents the entire scene from Pinocchio.

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

Here are frames from the actual scene:


What a difference the shake of the coach and the
bounce of the hanging utensils make to the scene.


There’s danger everywhere, here.
It’s scary.

Many thanks to my friend, Lou Scarborough, for the loan of this scene.

8 Responses to “Stromboli Jump”

  1. on 22 Mar 2010 at 11:51 am 1.Eric Noble said …

    Stromboli’s scene here is a great piece of animation. He was an awesome character. I don’t agree with Michael Barrier’s assessment of it. Anyway, great post.

  2. on 22 Mar 2010 at 7:47 pm 2.Eloi Champagne said …

    Awesome! Thanks for this great post!

  3. on 22 Mar 2010 at 8:03 pm 3.james madison said …

    Thanks for posting this and all the other great selections.

    Just an FYI – I see you have cartoonbrew as one of your links. I tried visiting yesterday but i was prompted about malware before entering the site.

    I think you know Amid and the guys over there. Maybe you could tell them?


  4. on 22 Mar 2010 at 8:56 pm 4.Swinton Scott said …

    Thanks for posting, Michael, these are great, as all of Tytla’s work was great. I guess if you have great material, you can come up with great animation. Only 29 drawings? WOW!!!

  5. on 22 Mar 2010 at 11:06 pm 5.Jonah Sidhom said …

    Thanks for posting this, you always pick the best scenes to break down.

    James Madison: I was able to get on Cartoon Brew without a malware warning earlier, and they had a post saying they were aware of it and were working on it. Now it’s back to the malware warning, so I guess it’ll just take time.

  6. on 22 Mar 2010 at 11:14 pm 6.james madison said …

    Thanks for the update Jonah Sidhom.

    Apologies about the thread drift everybody.

  7. on 23 Mar 2010 at 11:28 pm 7.Daniel Caylor said …

    As always, thank you! :)

  8. on 26 Mar 2010 at 12:09 pm 8.Michael Polvani said …


    A very nice example of how much you can “get away with” when distorting a character within a quick movement……and by Vladamir too!!!!

    Again, thank you for sharing SO many wonderful things……especially the Hubley stuff. My personal favorite.

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