Last time I animated a Western River Expedition saloon singer, and this time I'm animating a horse on the saloon porch roof.
There's two variants of the "Horse on the Roof" art I've seen. Here's one that looks like it's at night and has three saloon girls in the foreground.
This version is reportedly done by Mary Blair who was valued by Walt Disney himself for her expert color styling.
Then there's the "daylight" version by Marc Davis, and instead of the saloon girls there's a drunk cowboy and dog.
This above picture is from Jason Surrell's The Disney Mountains, and that is a book I happen own. This means I was able to get good scan of the art for once, and this makes animation a lot easier.
Now let's look at the animation...
It's been reported that the lighting in load area for Western River Expedition would make it appear as is if the sun was just setting, and so therefore the ride would take place at "night." This makes the coloring of Mary Blair's art much more appropriate. Although if it's night, what are the kid, "Ma" and "Grandma" doing still walking around town? Shouldn't they be getting ready for bed? Aren't there cows to be milked at dawn or something? Am I overthinking this?