Feb 23, 2006
Animation on "Pinocchio"; Michael Sporn has the goods
Legendary NYC animator and studio owner Michael Sporn's blog has a great post today: he's begun to scan the pages of the animation drafts from "Pinocchio". The drafts are the entire record of who animated what on each feature and short; Disney had these drawn up for their records, and they're fascinating for buffs and animators to study(in an earlier post I scanned the first page of "Nifty Nineties", a Mickey short that Ward, Fred Moore and several others in their wing worked on). Ward's particular character has always been known to be Jiminy Cricket--but quite a few other unsung artists did beautiful work on him as well. [Ham?]Luske, [Bernie?]Wolf, and "Towsley" all have nice animation in there.
You'll notice Ward did get the closeups.