Next up was Beauty and the Beast...
Above is the Gaston unit gathered outside our quarters- a trailer on Flower Street in Glendale.
My thumbnails (right) of Gaston posing and firing his
more thumbnails of Glen's Beast and Andreas' Gaston (top left and bottom right) helped choreograph my the fight scenes between the two.
Once again thumbnails to the rescue as I animated the special effects of the spoons in the Be Our Guest song, patterned after the Busby Berkeley choreography of the 1930's musicals.
We got to see the movie with our families in the theater on Flower St. The premier was held a few weeks earlier at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood...
followed by the wrap party at The Sheraton Universal.
Best Picture at the Golden Globe Awards plus best song and score...
Big news headlines, Beauty and the Beast makes movie history. This historic moment was not well received by actors and movie purists who thought little of our craft.
The study of acting is a must by actor and animator as a convincing acting performance is sought by both.There are other similarities between what an actor does in his or her role and what an animator does with his character.
Live action actors depend on make-up, voice overs, stunt doubles, special effects etc. to help them before the camera.
The actor puts on an act. The Beast is not acting the Beast, he is the Beast, Belle is Belle. The acting performances that were achieved by the animators on Beauty and the Beast were done with pencil on paper.The animator acts with his pencil.
The award that year went to Silence of the Lambs, but animation made history that will never be repeated.
Glen and I did a lot of caricaturing of each other. It started when, together, we were moved from the second floor animation training rooms. Glen had come into the program about six months earlier and was already working on the Rescuers doing inbetweens and animating scenes for Ollie Johnston. I had just joined the ranks of Glen, Tad Stones, Randy Cartwright and a few others as permanent employees.
Glen and I were paired together in a corner office and the caricatures started to carom back and forth as we animated through the days,weeks, months and years.
I've got a stack that proper human beings should not have to lay eyes upon.