Pig Head sequence

In the Pig Head sequence, Eddie Valiant was kidnapped by the Weasels and taken to Toontown, where he was ‘toonarooed’ – painted with a Pig Head.  He is tossed out of the Toontown tunnel entrance and runs back to his apartment to shower off the Pig Head with turpentine. Although …

Revenge of the Onion Bhaji

See the previous post about ‘Chef-in-a-Box’ meals. Chef-in-a-Box meals at The Forum     As animation production at The Forum wore on into late 1987 and early 1988, the sense of urgency about finishing on time for the planned release date increased exponentially and almost anything was done to keep people …

The Forum – building layout

see previous post:   https://pullingarabbitoutofahat.com/animation-the-forum/the-forum-camden-town-london/   Entry to the building was off Camden St.  A commissionaire sat at a small desk as security.  The production initially had two floors of the building, but expanded quickly to occupy the 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors.  As people were hired, they sat whether there …

Bloopers and Cutting-Room Floor

Animated films are developed through an iterative process of screenwriting and storyboarding.  Scenes may be storyboarded – and may even go as far as pencil tests of the animation -and later deleted as the story evolves.  ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ is famous for its deleted scenes.  Ward Kimball …

Censor/Check

Bob Zemeckis developed a real appreciation for vintage cartoons.  The very early animators knew that their films would only ever be viewed on a theater screen for a period of weeks… and likely never seen again.   Film rolls by at 24 frames per second and a single frame cannot be perceived consciously.  …

Gag Drawings 2 – Tom Sito

  see previous post:  https://pullingarabbitoutofahat.com/animation-the-forum/gag-drawings-chr…ife-at-the-forum/   There was a wonderful camaraderie amongst the crew at The Forum in London, although for much of the production the press was ‘on’ and they rarely left their floor during the workday.  The animators were on the 5th floor of The Forum building – …

Annie Elvin

Annie Elvin had a rich film pedigree.  Her father was a film editor at Gainsborough Studios and her husband worked in the live-action film industry in Britain.  Annie started off as an actress – even working with Bob Hoskins in the theatre.  She also did some voice-acting.  She got involved …