Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Disney's Gettin' Lazy

Last week while talking about 101 Dalmatians, I mentioned about how by that point, Disney was reusing a lot of animation from earlier films. But 101 wasn't the first to do this. Disney has in fact been doing it way back since the early 1940's.

Let me ask you a question: what does Make Mine Music (1946) & The Black Cauldron (1985)have in common?..... Give up?

They both used animation from the "Night on Bald Mountain" sequence of Fantasia (1940).

Also, I think they reused some leaf animation from the "Looking for Romance" sequence in Bambi for the Make Mine Music scene.

I plan on making more of these animation comparison videos in the future. While you're at it, if any of you notice any Disney animation reuse, email me through the address in my profile & let me know (but not in the comments section!). Thanks for watching!


Michael Sporn said...

Go to this Russian site to see many examples of Disney animation reuse:


The ones you've demonstrated aren't part of theirs. Nice work.

Michael J. Ruocco said...

Thanks Mike, but Hans Perk beat ya to it! He just let me know about the site just a few minutes ago! I had to translate the 2nd & 3rd parts because they're still in Russian, & in Part III they go into detail about the Mr. Toad animation. They got to it first!!

I plan on doing plenty more of videos, so come back & check 'em out from time to time!

Eric Noble said...

Wow, I had never realized that before. Thanks for the heads up. I had noticed animation reuse in Robin Hood, but I never thought it went that far back.

Anonymous said...

I liked your "Disney's getting lazy" posts. There's another example I know. In the "Peter and the Wolf" section from "Make Mine Music" where when Peter is stuck on the tree branch with the Wolf. As seen from Peter's P.O.V, the Wolf is coming straight on toward him, maw drooling and all.

Now years later in the Disney special "Lambert The Sheepish Lion" they use this same animation again where from Lambert's P.O.V., the wolf is coming toward him. Even the drool is dripping exactly the same way as it was in "Peter and the Wolf"