Animation &Animation Artifacts &Books &Disney 01 Jun 2010 09:25 am

More Pink Elephants

- John Canemaker‘s beautiful book, Treasures of Disney Animation Art, includes six animation cleanups of a scene by Hicks Lokey from the Pink Elephants sequence of Dumbo. Having recapped that sequence in yesterday’s post, I thought I’d show off these animation drawings.

Looking at the drawings alone you realize how much detail went into this sequence and how the animation pulses with the dominating tempo.

Take a look:







8 Responses to “More Pink Elephants”

  1. on 01 Jun 2010 at 9:34 am 1.Mark Mayerson said …

    I wonder if Lokey drew all the elephants or animated the lead elephant and had an assistant multiply them for him. The job gets a lot tougher as they grow and fill the screen, as somebody has to decide how to deal with the overlaps.

  2. on 01 Jun 2010 at 10:01 am 2.richard o'connor said …

    The work you and others have done to collect and critique this work on Dumbo deserves some sort shiny golden award.

    Nothing as droll as a “Webby” or even an “Oscar”, more in line with a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

  3. on 01 Jun 2010 at 12:54 pm 3.Eric Noble said …

    These are absolutely beautiful drawings. I’m sure Hicks Lokey had an assistant help him, but the fact that this was done is a testament to the incredible artistry and craftsmanship of the classic Disney artists. Thank you for sharing these wonderful treasures with us Mr. Sporn. I can’t wait to see what you bring up next.

  4. on 01 Jun 2010 at 2:13 pm 4.Bill Benzon said …

    The thing about this particular section of the Pink Elephants sequence is that it plays off the fact this this is a film, but does so in an unobtrusive way. There’s no one looking straight at the audience and cracking wise. Rather, you just have a bunch of elephants parading along the inside edge of the frame, something that exists only in the film, not in the “real” world and not in the “dream” world of inebriated mice and elephants. There’s a very clever logic to that sequence, though it’d take some work to tease it out.

  5. on 01 Jun 2010 at 6:14 pm 5.Bill Benzon said …

    Note at Sporn’s: I’ve now posted some raw notes describing what happens in the Pink Elephants sequence, which has four parts. I may or may not get around to a more formal treatment of the segment.

  6. on 02 Jun 2010 at 12:06 am 6.Casey said …

    Those are such beautiful drawings. I love the first one. Maybe it’s just me, but it’s too perfect of an image not to use as a wallpaper for my desktop!

  7. on 10 Jun 2010 at 2:29 am 7.Michael Polvani said …

    I’ve been hearing for years that Maurice Noble was responsible for this sequence. Has anyone else heard of this? Maurice never mentioned it to me back in the day….of course I never asked either….fool that I am!

  8. on 14 Jun 2010 at 12:20 am 8.Swinton Scott said …

    Great posting, Michael. Thanks for these. I actually met Hicks Lokey at the North Hollywood Post office back in the 80s. My old room mate knew who he was and we approached him and spoke to him. Really nice guy.
    Your posts always remind of the days that we used to draw with Col-Erase pencils back in the 80s. Don’t do too much of that now. But I remember those days.

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