Disney &Music 28 Dec 2010 09:20 am

Bits and Albert Malette

- This is just a quick reminder to say that The Iron Giant is playing at the Film Forum. Today’s the last day it’ll be screened so get out into the snow and head for the theater.

It was Brad Bird’s first feature. He followed this with The Incredibles and Ratatouille. His next feature will be Mission Impossible 3 (or is it 4?) with another cartoon character,
Tom Cruise.

Showtimes: 1:00, 2:50, 4:40, 6:30, 8:20, 10:10

Oddly, My Iron Giant dvd played wonderfully and had all sorts of extras when I bought it.
I just tried the thing on about four computers and three dvd players, and none of them can read it now. The disc is an expensive piece of garbage at the moment. Thank you WB.


- The Illusionist did well in its first weekend, playing in three theaters – two in NY and one in LA. $16,867 per theater for the weekend. This, on a per screen average, is about twice what the best film is doing and nine times better than Yogi Bear. Of course it’d be lower if it were playing in more theaters, but perhaps this will be an incentive for SONY to get it wider than they plan in January.


- I’m going to start running off more of the Action Analysis notes from the after-hours lectures given at the Disney studio in 1936. To start. let me post this lecture about the relation of music and animation given by Albert Malette, who scored these Disney shorts, among other:

1935 Broken Toys
1935 Cock o’ the Walk
1936 Alpine Climbers
1936 Moving Day 1
1937 Lonesome Ghosts
1937 Little Hiawatha
1938 Ferdinand the Bull
1938 Brave Little Tailor
1938 Moth and the Flame
1939 Ugly Duckling

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5 Responses to “Bits and Albert Malette”

  1. on 29 Dec 2010 at 3:47 am 1.The Gee said …

    One, thanks for the notes. I am looking forward to the follow-up. Not being the most musically inclined person, every bit of information helps and hopefully helps with both my animation and maybe other things, too.

    Secondly, I never saw the R.O. Blechman video you mentioned earlier. I followed the link to the Times Opinion section that day and it wasn’t there. Since then I still haven’t seen it and I just searched for Blechman and the latest animation I found was from April.

    That said, I did see this:

    His previous one from earlier in the Fall is interesting, too. It makes the most of the jazz soundtrack…(he writes, trying to come full circle before he stops writing).

  2. on 29 Dec 2010 at 8:40 am 2.Michael said …

    The correct link is up on the RO Blechman post. It takes you right there. The Times moved it to another page, and I followed it.

  3. on 29 Dec 2010 at 3:49 pm 3.The Gee said …

    Twenty seconds. By the time I figured out a rough 20 second gag I usually end up planning for a one minute short… which turns into….and so on.

    I’ve always admired his brevity. reduction is a tough thing to pull off but I do realize he worked in TV for years so I’m sure that either helped sharpen what he does or when he began he fit the medium like a glove.

    The gag does remind me of something. Later today when I get a chance, I’ll send it to you.

  4. on 29 Dec 2010 at 3:59 pm 4.Hans Perk said …

    Hi Michael, may I remind you of the fifth posting I posted, back in May 2006? http://afilmla.blogspot.com/2006/05/albert-malotte-on-music_25.html

  5. on 30 Dec 2010 at 5:54 pm 5.daniel thomas macinnes said …

    Brad Bird is wasting his talents working on useless Hollywood live-action movies. He needs Pixar, and Pixar needs him.

    I guess the only upside is knowing that Tom Cruise is being paid, essentially, the minimum wage for actors. My, how vanity has fallen.

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