2D animation Week, day 5 (I may go one more day after this)- let’s hear it for Classic Disney animation (40s-50s)- this is from DUMBO and I believe it’s by Bill (Vladamire) Tytla. #Disney #dumbo #2danimation #classicanimation #tytla
“Night on Bald Mountain”, Walt Disney’s “Fantasia”, 1940.
Designed and animated by Vladimir “ Bill” Tytla.
Vladimir Peter “Bill” Tytla (October 25, 1904 – December 30, 1968) was one of the original Disney animators and is considered by many to be the best character animator to work during The Golden Age of Hollywood animation. Tytla is particularly noted for the animation of Grumpy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Stromboli in Pinocchio, Chernabog in the Night on Bald Mountain sequence from Fantasia and the title character in Dumbo.
Animation is not just timing, or just a well-drawn character, it is the sum of all the factors named. No matter what the devil one talks about–whether force or form, or well-drawn characters, timing, or spacing–animation is all these things–not any one.
Bill Tytla (Supervising Animator for Disney), The Illusion of Life, (p. 15)
Bill Tytla was indeed an “Animation’s Michelangelo” - for best known for animating villains (Strombolli from “Pinocchio” and Chernabog from “Fantasia”), Grumpy from “Snow White,” Dumbo and his mother from “Dumbo,” and others like “Victory Through Air Power” and “Education for Death.”
Even for animating Chernabog, he was inspired by the greatest horror actor of all time, Bela Lugosi - because of great charisma/characteristics for villainous gestures.
However, the other film that he worked after Disney was “The Incredible Mr. Limpet” (my fave late childhood film that starred with Don Knots), along with Art Babbit.
Even though Tytla’s name was mentioned in the movie, it was hard to tell which sequence did he animated. (If it does, then the shot would’ve been in this video).
Anyway, for this reel video - Looking at it with this music is like Tytla is a man who animates strong characters in a fairy-tale-like backgrounds. ;)
PS: I looked at the scene from “Victory through Air Power” - and I have to say, the Eagle Vs. Octopus was very symbolic. I will watch the whole thing if there’s a chance.
The box set will contain nine flip books that pay tribute to Disney’s early – non-’Nine Old Men’ animators. Legendary animators Ub Iwerks, Norm Ferguson, Billl Tytla, Ham Luske, Art Babbitt, Grim Gatwick, Freddie Moore, Hal King, and John Sibley are featured in this special set.
Each flipbook features a scene from an animated Disney feature in its original line-drawn form, having been selected from among a wide range of films for great movement and classic characters.In addition to the filpbooks, the box contains a booklet detailing the incredible talents that the animators contributed to The Walt Disney Animation Studios, for which they have all been named Disney legends.
This is an interesting group of ‘behind the scenes’ items: Original library cards from the Disney Studio library featuring signatures from many of the legendary Disney animators.
Among the names included are Ken Anderson, Ollie Johnston, Milt Kahl, Marc Davis, Eric Larson, Ward Kimball, John Lounsbery, Roy Disney, Ben Sharpsteen, Dick Huemer, James Algar, Iwao Takamoto, Sam McKim, Roy Williams, Dick Kinney, Bill Justice, Bob Moore, Art Riley, Eyvind Earle, Harry Tytla, Ralph Hulett, Marty Skylar, and many more.