Frank and Ollie

Frank and Ollie

Director: Theodore Thomas, John Canemaker, John Culhane, Andy Gaskill

Cast: Theodore Thomas, John Canemaker, John Culhane, Andy Gaskill

     
 
Disney's Special Edition DVD release of Frank and Ollie is not only the perfect presentation for this 1995 documentary, but it also offers a nice compliment through the wealth of extras that the Mouse has been so kind to include. Technically, the picture and sound are brilliant, with a 1.85:1 widescreen image and Dolby Digital 5.1 driving the story of these two

Overview

Disney's Special Edition DVD release of Frank and Ollie is not only the perfect presentation for this 1995 documentary, but it also offers a nice compliment through the wealth of extras that the Mouse has been so kind to include. Technically, the picture and sound are brilliant, with a 1.85:1 widescreen image and Dolby Digital 5.1 driving the story of these two artistic greats. On the features front, as the package says, there's over 70 minutes of bonus material! First off is the "Making the Movie" featurette, narrated by director Theodore Thomas (son of Frank). Featuring a classic home movie from the family along with charming behind-the-scenes footage, this eight-minute extra succeeds in delivering additional insight into the production through the perspective of a family member growing up around such inspiring circumstances. Next up is the Early Days section, where both Frank and Ollie's debut animations await the viewer in addition to groundbreaking clips from both Winsor McCay and Walt Disney. Extras continue with the Their Art section, which starts with Frank discussing the acting involved with bringing a character to life. Next up are a few clips with Andreas Deja and Glen Keane, two of Disney's top animators, as they dissect the famous duo's work from original sketches to completed scenes. For a view into the filmmaking process, look no further the Evolution of a Sequence section, where you can dissect different key moments of pre-production animation from a scene from The Rescuers. Also included is a lengthy outtakes reel plus two more sections dedicated to the artists' respected loves -- Ollie's trains and Frank's band, Firehouse Five Plus Two (which includes an actual performance from Jazz Scene USA). Sadly, one feature that's fairly standard these days, which was not included, is a filmography for each animator; for a DVD package whose one goal is to celebrate their work, it's the only exclusion that seems to have been overlooked. Still, it's a fine disc from Disney, and one that will continue to inspire long after its release.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Genuinely sweet and entertaining, Frank and Ollie is a love letter to the incomparable team who pioneered the personality-driven animation now known as the Disney trademark. Focusing mainly on interviews from the duo, with help from various historians and fellow animator Glen Keane, the documentary gives viewers a glimpse into the early world of the Mouse's studios and the two men whose companionship and artistry helped breed three-dimensional life into the flat world of animation. Original pencil tests and spot-on reenactments of the duo's classic moments create the most vivid scenes, bringing new eyes to long-loved gags from years past, while the subjects' quiet glee is the glue that holds the piece together. One can't help but envy their uncanny link amidst such highly creative times and long years of friendship, which is basically why Frank's son Ted made the film. You couldn't ask for two better subjects to spotlight than Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston. For their names to be synonymous with each other, in and now out of the business, is a compliment and proof of their impact -- both onscreen and off.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2003
UPC:
0786936220230
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:29:00
Sales rank:
9,732

Special Features

Closed Caption; "Making the Movie"; Frank & Ollie's personal home movies; Priceless outtakes with gems featuring Walt Disney and Glen Keane; Ollie and his backyard trains; Very rare performance with Frank and the Firehouse 5+2 from "Jazz Scene USA"; Frank & Ollie's debut scenes: "The Brave Little Tailor" and "Mickey's Elephant"; Extensive exploration of their art with expert commentary, storyboards, pencil sketches, and character studies; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Widescreen (1.85:1) enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Introduction [2:20]
2. Early Days [2:43]
3. Influences [4:17]
4. Hyperion Studio [8:04]
5. "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" [4:53]
6. Acting Styles [12:21]
7. "Bambi" [6:54]
8. Frank and Ollie [6:05]
9. How Do They Do That? [4:07]
10. Characters of Life [5:13]
11. Observers of Life [2:16]
12. Collaborators [11:35]
13. "The Jungle Book" [1:56]
14. Final Thoughts [11:04]
15. End Credits [3:37]

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