Frank and Ollie

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, ...
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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.
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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
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2003
  • UPC: 786936220230
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 32,630

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Canemaker Participant
John Culhane Participant
Andy Gaskill Participant
Ollie Johnston Participant
Glen Keane Participant
Frank Thomas Participant
Sylvia Roemer Participant
Walt Disney
Technical Credits
Theodore Thomas Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Kathryn Camp Editor
Erik Daarstad Cinematographer
Kuniko Okubo Producer
James Wesley Stemple Score Composer
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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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Reel
   Bonus Features
      Making the Movie
      The Early Days
         John Canemaker on Winsor McCoy
         Ollie on Walt and "Plane Crazy"
         Frank and Ollie's Debut Scenes: Frank - Mickey's Elephant
         Frank and Ollie's Debut Scenes: Ollie - Brave Little Tailor
      Their Art
         Frank on Bringing a Character to Life
         Andreas Deja and Glen Keane on the Art of Frank and Ollie
         Andreas on Frank
         Glen on Ollie
         Evolution of a Sequence: "The Rescuers" - The Pirate's Cave
            Early Story Reel (Including Milt Kahl's Animation)
            Frank and Ollie on the Pirate's Cave: The Animator's Notebook
            Frank's Thumbnail Sketches of Bernard Backing Away From Blow Hole
            Ollie's Storyboard of Penny Getting the Diamond
            Later Story Reel (With Pencil Animation)
      Gems From the Outtakes
         Glen Keane on Working With Ollie
         Fred's Advice
         Walt Gives a Compliment
         Frank Goes for Help
         Ollie's Drunks
         Ollie on Entertainment
         Frank on Acting, Animation and the Future
      Ollie and His Trains
         Ollie on His First Train Ride
         Ollie's Trains
      Frank and the Firehouse Five Plus Two
         The FH5+2 Story
         From "Jazz Scene USA"
      Register Your DVD
   Storyboard Selection
   X-Sheet Set Up
      Captions
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         None
      DVD Credits
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