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Production Process for Animated Cartoons
Part II
William E. Garity

Always important to the well-balanced motion picture program, the animated cartoon benefited tremendously through a clever utilization of sound accompaniments and, lately, through color. Probably - the outstanding motion picture cartoons are the Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphony subjects produced by Walt Disney Studios, and the accompanying paper by Mr. Garity, originally presented to the Pacific Coast Section of the S. M. P. E., explains in detail the production process at these studios. — Editor.

When the animator has completed his particular scene, the drawings are turned over to the Inking and Painting Department, the function of which is to transfer or trace each drawing on celluloid sheets. These celluloid sheets are the approximate size of the paper, and about 5/1000ths of an inch in thickness. They are perforated with registering holes, identical to those in the drawing paper. The paper drawings are placed on the registering pins, the celluloid sheet is superimposed on the drawing, and a very careful tracing of the drawing is made with black India ink. After the tracing of the outline has dried, the celluloid is reversed, and the entire area occupied by the figures on the drawing is made opaque with paint. […]


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Volume 5.3
Language en
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Inserted 2015-02-20