[...] In general the staging is prearranged, but if an animator
had a front or back view of this action he would have a hard time
putting it over. It would be best read in a three-quarter back or
three-quarter front or profile. For instance, suppose the Goof is
running along and he gets to a ditch, and sees a reed or pole sticking
in the ditch, and he makes a dive for it and pulls himself over
the ditch. He might do it in a very screwy way. It would be important
to know at which angle he runs into the scene to know what would
be the best way to out over this particular action. It is important
to remember that he doesn't change direction at any time in the
- The Action
At the start of the action he lifts the tip of the pole, but
he doesn't lift it very high - about a foot and a half off the ground
- and as he lifts the pole he manipulates his arms in order to get
the most leverage out of them. Notice that he pushes down the right
arm and tenses with the left, which immediately throws the tip of
the pole up. As he does this he throws his weight into the right
leg and falls forward. Now there is a clear picture of the start
into the run, where he just leans forward - the place for a good
key drawing. The propelling force, however, is not from the foot
as much as it is just a drop forward. It is the same old principle
that in order to generate a walk or a run usually the main factor
is a drop rather than a push. Here, as he leans forward, he lifts
the left leg up and is immediately in position to catch his fall
and go into his run. He now is in a position where he has the pole
a little low in front, is way back at the end of the pole, and he
carries the pole fairly high in his arms. He keeps his arms bent
throughout so that there is the least possible drag on the pole,
and the least interference with his legs. As runs he keeps the pole
fairly high in back so that he won't have to move it much when he
gets to the hole in which he places it.
NOVROS: Isn't that a circular action in his shoulders?
Yes, there is, and also a back and forth movement, really a spiral
movement, and that is because of the movement in the upper part
of the body which follows the movement in the pelvic mass.
McCORKLE: He uses the pole as a weight to start into the run.
The pole weighs about five or six pounds, but there is a lot
of leverage involved. So, when he lifts the pole up in front, he
has most of his weight out in front, and this calls for a great
deal of effort in his arms. In the run he works hard with his left
arm, but his right arm is the one that moves the most.