I've been working on an assignment that involves drawing
a lot of girl characters, which is unusual for me. On my own
time, I have been using various styles and techniques
to trick myself into finding a way to draw female figures.
On close inspection, my anatomy probably doesn't
quite hold up.
Though I've never been a big anime fan, I
have played around with what I call "anime avatar"
proportions, which are more compact. It's tricky, but
it's also a kind of short hand for blocking things in.
There's also an old 1940's comic called SILLY MILLY,
which has a kind of Art Deco stylization, with very
cute proportions on a young woman protagonist.
The artist was named Stan MacGovern.
I'm not sure who this little butt kicker is, but I like her.
These are all still more formulaic than I'd like them to be, but I am gradually getting a kind of handle on how to balance the figures properly, even in a cartoony but sensible manner. I don't think I'm going to give Shane Glines anything to lose sleep over though.
'Bolero' not only spoofs Disney's 'Right of Spring' sequence, but it does so with great design, exquisite animation, brilliant layout and sardonic social commentary. In many ways it is the highlight of ALLEGRO and it remains one of the most masterful pieces of full animation ever done. I vividly recall Ward Kimball introducing it as his favorite piece of animation at an early 1990's visit to Disney Feature Animation in Glendale.
While I certainly concur with his high opinion of the film, I have to say that when I first saw 'Bolero' in around 1978, my mind flashed not to Disney's 'Right of Spring' but rather to a National Film Board of Canada short they used to screen in my high school (during the early 1970's). The short is called EVOLUTION and it has a kind of 'Zagreb-lite' look to it that is fairly typical of the time (in a kind of Sesame Street way) , but it is very well done at that and the overall art direction never slips into laziness the way some films done in similar styles could.
While not as elaborate as the big-budgeted 'Bolero', it has it's own cartoony style (flatter, generally less fluid and largely lateral) and is very clever in it's own way. The gags about the dog-eat-dog nature of Darwin's Theory are similar and the Canadian film even makes a point of hitting key instances in the biological evolution of life (single cells become dual, then mutations breed mutations, various mating rituals, etc)>. The ending lacks the social comment punch of Bozetto's film, but at the same time it conjures the alien origins opening of 'Bolero.'
EVOLUTION (1971)seems to have been made and released well ahead of ALLEGRO (1976), but I have never known if it was an inspiration for that piece or merely a coincidence.
I've also never been able to uncover any additional information about the film or it's writer/director Michael Mills, so if anyone out there has the scoop, please weigh in. IMDb appears to have him confused with a BBC executive, which seems dubious, tho not impossible.
Finally: To be explicitly clear, I am not suggesting someone ripped anybody off because even if there is some crossover chance, the makers of Bolero certainly went their own way with the idea and did a very original take on it. For that matter, I myself have been entertained and inspired by both films over the years. It has been impossible for me to do any artwork on the Fossil Fools idea without thinking of either of these two films. Although a third film, also by NFB, is also a big influence on FF, even though it is much less related to the subject matter...