Walt Disney Studio Bulletin No. 12 : How to Catch, Build and Maintain the Interest of Spectator in the Picture

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From the collection of Hans Perk at A. Film L.A. and reprinted here with his permission.

ROBBER KITTEN, COOKIE CARNIVAL and GOLDEN TOUCH contained poor build up for characters, locale, personalities, and none of the important elements that go to help make a picture memorable. (Landsman)

24. Effectiveness on a underlying theme.

The underlying theme of BROKEN DOLLS was very good, but it misfired because of the poor handling of the main characters. It's theme would have been very effective had it gotten over.

25. Importance of human interest, human touches, business, mannerisms of the characters.

MICKEY'S RIVAL. The human qualities given to Mortimer are familiar to all of us. We recognize the boastful, wise-guy attitude, characteristics we have seen in humans. (Miller)

FLYING MOUSE. The tear rolling down the cheek of Flying Mouse and the little kick he gives the acorn after his mother has spanked him, is a typical small boy action. (Miller)

26. Show how the personality could become more interesting and convincing when his feelings and thoughts are shown.

In FLYING MOUSE, the little mouse showed his desire to fly my mimicking the birds. He took two leaves, put them on his arms, and tried to use them as wings, naturally he fell. The pantomime during this whole sequence showed his thoughts and reactions much better than if they had been stated audibly. (Bianca)

When ELMER ELEPHANT discovers that it is useless to try to hide his nose, he starts to cry, and reveals himself as a child by growing interested in the tear that trickles down his nose, and quickly sucking it in his trunk again. (Bianca)

27. Contribution of atmospheric and pictorial details.

Simple locale and props - as WATER BABIES AND FUNNY BUNNIES

Changing atmosphere, involving a contrast in moods and perhaps a clash of feelings, as in GRASSHOPPER AND ANTS. (Algar)

PLUTO'S JUDGEMENT DAY. The atmosphere conveyed a mood which affected the actions and feelings of the character and helped to