Action Analysis : Analysis and Discussion of Pole Vault and High Jump Action

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

[...] the animation would have been in the same category as the dwarf
animation. A live animation would have resulted

Now the use of the rotoscope on Snow White wasn't the fault of
the fellows animating her, it was unavoidable. Thousands of feet
were thrown at them and they had to get it out. It was an econom-
ic necessity. It had to be done, and done in a hurry. Don't
worry about what has been done, but what is going to be done!
And the artist is the fall guy. He is either going to say nuts
to the rotoscope and get in and learn how to draw, or he is going
to be a rotoscope engineer, and the great profession of animation
is on the slide. It's a crutch and a tool, and the artist much
take it for what it is - it was necessary on the feature - the
Studio had to get out of the red - but it is the future that is
important. This feature doesn't make any difference right now -
it will either break the Studio or it will go over big. The im-
portant thing is what is going to happen next year, and the year
after.

QUAKENBUSH: I wouldn't view the rotoscope with too
much alarm. I think when people see how swell the
dwarfs are, there won't be anything more said about
the rotoscope.
J. ROBERTS: I don't think the audience will notice
the difference that we notice.
QUACKENBUSH: The public is going to know that the
dwarfs are the whole picture. I don't care how dumb
they are.
J. ROBERTS: Granted, but they won't decry Show White
just because she's different from the dwarfs.

It doesn't matter what happens on this picture, because it was an
economic necessity. It doesn't matter how it was done, but it is
going to make an awful lot of difference what is going to happen
on the next one, and the one after that. It is not rhe fault of
the Stort Department or the fault of the directors. It is the
fault of the draftsmen in the Studio, and don't forget it. If
the animator is given a story which is full of human beings,
then he is either going to turn that story down and say, "It can't
be done with our tools," or he is going to rise to the occasion
and do the work himself. That's the only answer to it.

SNYDER: If they are going to keep on making cartoons
of human beings, they might as well make movies.

Not necessarily; this is proved by the dwarf handling.

SNYDER: But the dwarfs are different from Snow White.

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