[...] A. Walt likes the idea of part of a figure going out
of the scene. I like it -- it centralizes the eye.
Q. Aren't we still afraid to come to very close close-ups?
Recently some sketches of Pinocchio, where the face filled the
entire screen, were pointed out to me as being bad.
A. The face begins to flatten out when you get too close
on it. We are attempting to overcome that now, with a new dye
process. But it will be some time before it is perfected.
I am glad that the subject of our early cartoons came up.
We have come so far in the matter of presenting ideas. I insist,
although it may be a broad claim, that in ten years our cartoons
of today will look just as crude as those we made eight or nine
years ago seem to us now.
I would like to give you a staging problem in order to help
us look into the future a bit. I have gone through "Snow White"
and tried to pick out the scene I thought was one of the most
perfectly put over, considering the toughness of delivery of
the idea to the audience and I chose the coffin scene inside
the dwarfs' house with the dwarfs standing around the bier mourning
Show White's death. You who were in on the story meetings remember
how frightened we were that the audience would not react as
we hoped they would. It is not a matter of what field size we
used, or panning, or what character we cut to. It was the mood
in which we wanted our audience at the time. I bring it up here
as a problem for discussion because it was done so well. How,
in ten years from now, might we have treated that scene to get
an even stronger reaction? In thinking it over, I felt that
as well as we presented the idea - ten years from now, we would
have done much better. Had we been clever enough, and analyzed
the situation more thoroughly, we could have obtained a stronger
What props, what indications, what sound, what picture could
we have used to plant the picture stronger in the minds of the
audience than we did? In my analysis, looking into the future,
I thought of two things that might have been considered as what
I will call props or methods, to build a stronger mood for the
audience. One thing was the pies Snow White was making when
the witch came -- might we not have used those uneaten pies
as a touch in there to draw a little more of a tear from the
audience? By a deep analysis of our [...]