Monday, April 23, 2007

Pinocchio Part 7






6 comments:

David N said...

These are wonderful, as usual, Mark. Thanks for your continuing work on crafting these beautiful scene grabs , so attractively presented.

The name Charles Otterstrom is new to me . I wonder if this is another example of the draft merely noting who was the last person to have the scene officially assigned to them (for tracking purposes) and in this case it was Charles Otterstrom as the Assistant Animator ? Or was this Ferguson being generous by rough posing a few scenes of the Fox and then giving them over to eager young animator-in-training Charles Otterstrom to actually finish in full animation , so Charles gets the draft credit , but no screen credit (that I recall) as the animator on these scenes ?

Alberto Becattini's page identifies Charles Otterstrom as an animator in 1940-41 on a couple of Pluto shorts, then in 1941- 48 he's an animator at Columbia (I presume he left Disney's during or right after the big strike in '41)

Googling for Charles Otterstrom I did find an item of interest at the Animation Art Gallery web site:

Charles Otterstrom Contract with Walt Disney Animation 1939

Which is "a contract between Charles Otterstrom and Walt Disney Productions dated 26th August 1939 for the job of Assistant Motion Picture Cartoon Animator."

Mark Mayerson said...

David, I don't know anything more about Otterstrom than you do. That's one of the great things about these drafts. I find that my assumptions about who animated what have mostly turned out to be false and animators that I never gave a second thought to have proved to be worth appreciating.

Hans Perk said...

Charles F. Otterstrom (10/25/1914 - 7/21/1969) is most often credited as Chic or Chick Otterstrom. His contribution to 'Lend a Paw' was a single 78 frame scene of the goldfish reacting to Mickey off screen...

David N said...

So, Hans, do you think Otterstrom did the animation credited to him here on the Pinocchio draft or was he one of the Sr. Assistants who just happened to be the person assigned to the scene when the draft was printed ...or was he more likely one of the Jr. Animators-in-Training working from rough layout poses by Fergie or John Lounsbery ?

tom said...

Chick iks my grandfather, some of the things I watched him do as a young boy were amazing, I do know he drew the witch in snow white, he again drew it on his death bed for my mother-

Chris said...

Mark, This was so interesting since Chic Otterstrom is my father. Thank you for sharing this info and pictures. I would love to tell you more about my amazing father and his work. Where did you get the info that you have. I can't view the contract with Disney, but would like to. Do you have info on his creation of the wicked witch on Snow White? Please contact me if you would like. Christine Otterstrom Jensen; crisjenten@aol.com