On a hunch (and inspired by similar work done by fellow animator R.A. MacNeil) I cut out the Olive scene and joined the two Popeye sections - they flow seamlessly from one into the other. Strong evidence that it was originally shot as one scene...
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
A Date to Edit
Below are two clips from the 1938 Popeye cartoon 'A Date to Skate' - the first one directly clipped from the cartoon and the second one edited. Note in the first clip that Popeye starts to reach for his spinach and as he does the film cuts to Olive being pulling by a fire truck. For years I felt it was an odd bit of animation because Popeye appeared to be frozen in time until we rejoin him one cut later. On return to Popeye he resumes the action of reaching into his shirt.