Animation &Animation Artifacts &Disney 09 Feb 2011 09:01 am

A Birthday Note & The Laughing Gauchito – pt 1

Happy Birthday to my love, Heidi.


- Thanks to John Canemaker, I have the following scene by Frank Thomas to post. It’s from “The Laughing Gauchito” Sc 71 of Prod # (U290) 2719.

This was to be part of a series of shorts built around the “Little Gaucho.” “The Flying Donkey” was retitled “The Flying Gauchito” to be the first release in this series. “The Laughing Gauchito” was second up to be directed by Jack Kinney with a story by Norm Ferguson and Ernie Terrazas. Animation was by Bill Tytla, Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas. It was about a boy whose laugh shattered glass. The climactic scene is this one where the boy tries to break a mirror in front of an audience.

The film was stopped by Disney who got tired of the breaking glass motif. Fortunately, some of the artwork was rediscovered, and happily it included this scene.

There are 197 frames expposed, so I’ll have to divide it up into a couple of parts. This is part 1.

The Background LO
















Here’s a QT of the scene with drawings exposed to what I think are
their appropriate frames.

9 Responses to “A Birthday Note & The Laughing Gauchito – pt 1”

  1. on 09 Feb 2011 at 10:32 am 1.Stephen Macquignon said …

  2. on 09 Feb 2011 at 12:40 pm 2.Eric Noble said …

    Very interesting. I wonder if this was meant for the third Latin package feature that was never made. I love hearing about the projects that didn’t quite make it, because it makes me wonder of what could have been. By the way, drawing No. 53 reminds me a lot of Pinocchio. Then again, the two characters do share the same basic design.

  3. on 09 Feb 2011 at 1:19 pm 3.Michael said …

    As I wrote inb the piece, this was designed as a stand-alone short for theaters. It was not intended as part of a feature compilation project.

  4. on 09 Feb 2011 at 2:55 pm 4.Eric Noble said …

    Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t see that. Forgive my ignorance. BTW, I hope you and your wife are having a terrific day together. Happy Birthday to her. All of my best wishes to you both.

  5. on 09 Feb 2011 at 8:45 pm 5.Mario NC said …

    This is, indeed, very interesting. Just like Eric, it remins me a little of Pinochio.

  6. on 09 Feb 2011 at 10:43 pm 6.Stephen Worth said …

    Every time I see a scene with a mirror I feel sorry for the animator. It’s easy for the story guy to come up with mirror gags, but it’s he’ll on the animator to work out the perspective and synchronization.

  7. on 19 Feb 2012 at 8:12 am 7.Ki Innis said …

    Pardon my ignorance, but I thought this was Bill Tyla’s work. I know Bill did another shot in the film, but I thought this one was his also.

  8. on 19 Feb 2012 at 8:29 am 8.Michael said …

    This is most definitely Frank Thomas’ scene. You can see Tytla’s scene in this film here.

  9. on 30 Oct 2013 at 3:20 pm 9.Happy Birthday Video said …

    WOW .. this is a really good piece of work !!

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