Apr 23, 2006
Calling All Cats
Who's got the drafts for this segment of "Make Mine Music"? Anyone?
This wonderful short is cited more often than any other individual piece of feature animation as being the Freddie Moore style(of design, for the girls, obviously), with the "centaurettes" Of "Fantasia"s Pastoral segment running a close second...but the timing of this short's production is a bit problematic when considering how much Fred Moore himself had to do with it; he was on awfully thin ice at Disney's in 1945-46 and in fact was fired the same year this was released. I'd swear he did do animation himself in it, and it's inconceivable that he didn't supervise the overall style of the thing. It's great for any number of reasons--a perfect match for Benny Goodman's music, not least--but it's also fun to see such Fred staples as his iconic little girl in pigtails(who was a caricature of one of his own daughters, judging from the names given similar-looking centaurettes) move so beautifully and with, yes, the Freddie Moore charm.
And who designed the keen titles(like the one above)? Tom Oreb, perhaps?
Labels: Fred Moore