this is the last film frans made with the mule. while in high school frans met Chuck Jones at a film festival. upon request from mr. Jones frans sent him this film. Mr. Jones made a copy, which he forwarded to CalArts, and frans was accepted into their character animation program for the 1978 school year.
after his third year at CalArts the Disney studio offered frans a job, and in September 1981 he started work at the Disney studio.