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.

in the picture, it becomes the underlying theme that simplifies and unifies the entire picture. (Algar)

FLYING MOUSE is a very decided example of how clearness, simplicity, and unity can be used to create an interesting picture. Directness of plot - singleness of purpose - intelligent direction, with a fine concept of tempo-color - value and pathos combined with a well known moral make FLYING MOUSE a fine standard for a picture style of fundamental value. (Karpe)

FIRE BRIGADE was weak because of too many unrelated situations - Mickey and his ladder and rubber hose predicament, Donald with the animated fire, Goof with the flying table. The spectator loses the feeling of unity of the story and the picture is soon forgotten. (Youngquist)

COCK O' THE WALK illustrates how weakness is caused by confusion of too many characters and other details. This could have been remedied by not diverting the attention from the story thread with so many meaningless and uninteresting dance details. It was difficult to pick up interest again after so many sidetracking gags were thrown in. (Bianca)

COOKIE CARNIVAL suffered from the fact that it was not clear. It was too cluttered up with characters, skits and detracting details. In the first place, it was not clear why the cookie pageant was being held. Characters were neither convincing nor well-defined.

GRAND OPERA was weak in the last sequence because of the confusion of too many characters, situations, and gaga, etc. This might have been remedied by a more direct relation of these things to the music, using nothing that did not have a direct bearing on the music. (Patterson) 3. Show how by better construction, twists, or gags, by better building of character, an interesting story could be built around a contest, fight, show, boomerang situation, etc.

A Show :

ORPHAN'S BENEFIT. Several fruitless attempts of the duck to recite in full "Little Boy Blue" ended with the recitation being completed by the entire audience. Donald's challenge and defeat by the orphans.(Manuel)

Boomerang situation :

THREE BLIND MOUSKETEERS - villainous cat being punished by his own traps. (Landsman)