Monday, October 13, 2008

Hollywood Studio Animation: Disney Studios

-Disney's achievement at the end of the 1920's was financial independence.

-Ub Iwerks was the key creative figure for Disney at the end of the 1920's.

-Disney ushers cartoons into a new era with the use of sound.

Steamboat Willie

-By 1930, Mickey Mouse was an international star.

Other important early Disney Animations:

Alice's Wild West Show (1924)

Alice's Tin Pony (1925)

Alice The Whaler (1927)

Plane Crazy (1928)

The Gallopin' Gaucho (1928)

Steamboat Willie (1928)

The Mad Doctor (1933)

-Disney Animators became remarkably skilled at creating well-rounded characters.

-Disney spared no expense to give his company all the necessary state-of-the-art production equipment (or invent said equipment).

Production Innovations

-More sophisticated use of sound in cartoons.

-Systematized use of storyboards.

-Use of Technicolor.

-Systematicized use of filmed pecil sketches.

-Even greater division of labor.

-The multi-plane camera.

-Creation of a separate effects department.

By 1930, Disney was THE Animation Studio in Hollywood.

Differences from other competing studios:

-The whole screen is moving! Many animations in 1 scene (leaves blowing off trees).

-Close attention to details.

-Cel Animation Technique (this was soon adopted by most studios).

-Use of light and shadow. Added dimension and depth in animations.

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