Animation &Animation Artifacts &Richard Williams 22 Dec 2010 08:35 am

Grim’s Jester

- Grim Natwick animated a wacky character in Raggedy Ann & Andy for Richard Williams. Dick, himself, did the rough cleanup. You can see Grim’s drawings erased and cleaned up. (The semi-erased semblance of Grim’s very large numbers remain on many of the drawings, as do Grim’s notes. The inbetweens were all done by Dick. (It’s his writing in the lower right corner, and I remember him doing this overnight.)

The scene is all on twos. There are two holds which Dick changed to a traceback cycle of drawings for a moving hold. It actually lookw better on ones, but there was a lip-synch that Grim had to follow. It is interesting that both Tissa David, one of the five key animators on this film, and Grim Natwick, who Tissa had assisted for at least 20 years, both shared the one assistant on key scenes in this film – Richard Williams. Eric Goldberg assisted on many of Tissa’s other scenes.

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An inbetween by Dick Williams.
A cleaned-up extreme by Grim Natwick.
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Dick Williams clean-up.
Grim Natwick (sorta) cleaned-up rough.
Grim Natwick rough.
Williams inbetween.
Natwick ruff, cleaned up.
Dick’s clean-up inbetween.
Definitely a Grim Natwick drawing – cleaned up by Dick (his handwriting).
Drawings 44-47 are all Grim’s roughs with minor CU.


Here’s a QT movie of the complete action from the scene.
The scene is exposed on twos per exposure sheets.


Here are the folder in which the two exposure sheets
are stapled (so they don’t get separated.)

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8 Responses to “Grim’s Jester”

  1. on 22 Dec 2010 at 9:54 am 1.bill said …


    Made me wanna whip out the paper and start drawing. I think I will!

    Thanks for posting this Michael. Happy Holidays!

  2. on 22 Dec 2010 at 10:27 am 2.Luke Menichelli said …

    Especially nice to have the x-sheets. The first one is linking to a 404 error though.

    The error was corrected. Thanks for letting me know – MS

  3. on 22 Dec 2010 at 10:41 am 3.Steven Hartley said …

    Grim Natwick is a superb artist who animates the heroine Snow White, and it took such craftman to make a believable character move simply.

  4. on 22 Dec 2010 at 11:55 am 4.hasani said …

    So cool

  5. on 22 Dec 2010 at 11:55 pm 5.Eric Noble said …

    Some of these stills remind me of Binky or Bongo from Matt Groening’s comic strip [i]Life in Hell[/i]. Great work.

  6. on 23 Dec 2010 at 8:57 am 6.Mark Mayerson said …

    Note how the accordion part of the Jester goes from above his shoulders to below them.

  7. on 23 Dec 2010 at 12:03 pm 7.Michael said …

    I assume Grim animated straight ahead and lost track of the Jester’s form for the sake of the reach. Dick just followed suit in cleaning it up.

  8. on 24 Dec 2010 at 8:53 am 8.Stephen Perry said …

    I remember when Dick had his LA studio and Grim would animate two or three different versions of the same scene. Either on the Thief or a commecial and send them over with no indication of which one he thought was the best. But Dick always went over everyones work, making changes, so I guess Grim was covering all the bases?

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