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Friday, December 1, 2006
Jekyll and Hyde Cat - Bill Tytla
Talk about getting knocked down! When Disney's top animator, Bill Tytla, left after the strike, he ended up doing animation in NY at Terry and Famous! Poor devil!
But that doesn't mean none of Tytla's amazing skill didn't end up in those films. At Terry in particular, he added a sense of dramatics to the Mighty Mouse shorts that was not there before or after. I believe the transformation of the cat in this scene, from Jekyll and Hyde Cat (1944), is Bill Tytla's work. There is no way in Hell any regular at Terry could pull that scene off. It looks like something directly pulled out of Snow White!
I'm not sure how much Tytla did in this clip. He may have been responsible for the cat's dead body, which is the most disturbing thing I know of in a Terrytoon (outside of the music). Cool to see Mighty get a few punches thrown at him too.