Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sharing Animation - The Band Concert (Walt Disney Studios - Wilfred Jackson, 1935)

Hello again dear fellow animation lovers!

Finally my longe holidays are over and I'm finally back on studying! And what excitement it is to be in one of the top schools of animation in the world! That's right, yesterday I started my fantastic one and a half year animation learning at Animation Mentor! The happiness I'm feeling right now is quite incredible and indescribable!

But enough about that! Since I'm back to work, I thought it would be a perfect time to get back with the animation sharing in my blog!

So to get back from this long absense, I'm here to show you one of the most powerful short animations I've ever seen and certainly my favorite from that studio!

The fantastic studio, as we all know it, is the Disney Animation Studios, and the wonderful short is the 1935 The Band Concert, directed by Wilfred Jackson.

Starting with the well known "Silly Symphonies" was the goal of achieving a great relationship between music and animation. In the book "The Illusion of Life", chapter 11: The Disney Sounds, there's a paragraph I would like to quote about this short.

<< In those first symphonies, the actions had been simple, staying with dance steps and runs that easily could be made to follow the beat of the music. But with Walt's insistance on humor and personality, the films built quickly into stories that demanded the acting match the tempo, too. This reached a peak in 1935 with the Band Concert, which combined well-known music with strong personalities and a situation played entirely in pantomime. It was rare combination, reflecting still another use of music as language. As one producer said, "Who else would take a band concert out of Walt's boyhood, mix in 'William Tell' and 'Turkey in the Straw' and a Kansas cyclone, and come out with a performance that would enchant Toscanini?" (Tipical of Walt, he did not stop there but began thinking of an ever bigger use of the same principle. He called that one Fantasia.) >>

This short for me is the perfect demonstration of in which levels can music and animation come close together. This is a highly inspirational short, as far as I'm concerned.

Enjoy The Band Concert by Wilfred Jackson and the fantastic Walt Disney crew!

Check out the other short movies from the Sharing Collection HERE!!

See you next week (when I'll be in week 2 in animation mentor!) for another awesome animation!

No copyright and related rights infringements are intended with these sharings, all these animations are properties from their respective authors or studios always credited in the post.

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