National Geographic : 1963 Aug
Artist Sylvia Cobb draws on a sheet of celluloid. Her sketch, one of more than 200,000 drawings used in Disney's newest animated feature, The Sword in the Stone, will later be photographed over a painted background (below). Four years in the making, the mu sical comedy tells the story of how young King Arthur is tutored for his reign by Merlin the Wizard and Merlin's pet owl, Archi medes. The film, which is based on a book by T. H. White, will be released this Christmas. ANIMATION SCENES© WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS Musicians score a cartoon as Professor Ludwig von Drake prances across a sound-stage screen. Over head microphones pick up the individual instruments and record them on three sound tracks. A later proc ess transfers the three to a single track. Viselike platen holds a celluloid drawing of the long-bearded Merlin over a painted background, while an overhead camera (not shown) photographs it for a single frame of film. Each brief bit of action by a car toon character requires hundreds of such frames. Another scene from the movie adorns the wall.