Hey guys! I hopped over to 2 Men and the Mouse again last night to record my third Disney Trivia Challenge episode! If you’d like to play along with the guys, you can download the episode HERE or through iTunes. Let me know your scores!
Milt Kahl’s cleaned-up pencil animation for Brom Bones from Disney’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949).
Here’s what legendary animator Andreas Deja had to say about Kahl’s work on Brom:
"Milt animated the introduction of the town’s bully Brom Bones as well as his big song number at the Van Tassel party. He is a rich character, full of confidence and full of himself. Milt’s animation shows just the right amount of dash and bounce. Although the style of the film is pretty cartoony, Brom Bones’ physique required careful and somewhat realistic draughtsmanship in terms of anatomy.
"Milt was just perfect for this kind of an assignment. No live action reference here, that’s why the animation feels so wonderfully loose.This was great inspiration for myself, when I started work on Gaston in Beauty & The Beast. Although I did end up using some live action reference, I tried to avoid rotoscoped looking animation."Brom Bones and Gaston have a few things in common such as an overbearing personality, and they are both after one girl. Then again, Brom ends up with Katrina while Gaston fell to his death…or did he?"
A113 has shown up in some form in almost every Pixar movie released to date (Although it hasn’t been found in Monsters, Inc., Pete Docter mentions he believed that it was on one of the doors in a hallway inside the factory in the documentary Pixar: 25 Magic Moments).
It also shows up in other Disney & Marvel movies, as well as other shows and movies like The Simpsons, The Iron Giant, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, The Hunger Games - Catching Fire, and more.
A113 is is an inside joke, an Easter egg in animated films created by alumni of California Institute of the Arts, referring to the classroom used by graphic design and character animation students. CalArts was started by Walt Disney, and is where many of the most well known Disney and Pixar animators and directors have studied.
Back in March, Vanity Fair Wrote a fantastic article about Cal Arts and a group of kids in the 70s who would go on to reignite the world’s love of animated films. The intro paragraph goes:
The great renaissance of animation (Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ratatouille, etc.) has come almost entirely from one now famous group of students at the California Institute of the Arts in the 1970s. As students, they owed it all to Walt Disney, but as pros, many hit a wall at Disney’s studios. Sam Kashner hears from a band of misfits who learned from the best and couldn’t give anything less.
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I can’t find anything about that anywhere
Ah, so you’re just trying to stump me. Well, the Disneyland version of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh replaced the Country Bear Playhouse in 2003. As a tribute to the Bears, once you leave the Heffalump & Woozle room, if you look behind you above the door you’ll see the trophy heads of Max the buck, Buff the buffalo and Melvin the moose from Country Bear Jamboree.
Hmmm… unfortunately I’m having trouble finding any info on the display you saw, so I’m not sure if it was a display of things inspired by the books, or props from the film or musical.
I’ve never read the books, so I’m not sure if in them, her tape measure makes mention of any other children, but that might be a possibility.
If it was from the film, it’s not really clear, but there does seem to be a lot of writing on the tape measure, so it may be that they just threw other names and descriptions on it so it didn’t look bare.
If it was from the musical, the Associate Director for the Broadway run and the National Tour Director was named Anthony Lyn, so it’s possible that (like with the possibility of the movie prop) they were looking to add names to the tape measure so it didn’t look bare and he drew inspiration from a family member.
Coincidentally enough, while searching for the name Sadie Lyn in relation to Mary Poppins, I came across this blog page from a mother who threw her daughter Sadie Lyn a Mary Poppins themed birthday party, and made this measuring stick as a prop.
Clara also appears in the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Boo to You Parade. She is in a large chicken coop overlooking a sort of do-si-do style group of dancers that, if I recall, includes Chip and Dale (along with Brer Bear and Fox I think?). The same coop is seen in the Easter Parade. Both are found at Walt Disney World Resort.
—- Awesome! Thanks disneyaime! Here are some pictures of Clara Cluck in the parks.