Sunday, May 28, 2006

The Mouse Comes to Dinner

This is one of my favorite Tom & Jerry shorts. It might be because of its sadistic and violent nature. It might be because both character's asses gets more abuse in this short than about a few dozen cartoons put together.

It might be because of this great piece...

"Hey... What's cookin'?"
"You are... STUPID..."

Tom mistaking this for innuendo is priceless. And the bit with him putting the moves on Toots is great too.

Ray Patterson gets more footage than usual to do in this film which makes it all the better. I believe his is the only animation that doesn't get a huge boost from Scott Bradley's fantastic scores.

"The Mouse Comes to Dinner" (1945)

- Fade-in to "Boy that's a beautiful table" : Pete Burness
- "Sure hope nothin' happens to it before the company gets here" to Jerry burning his ass on the spoon : Ken Muse
- Jerry melting the butter to Tom grabbing Toots : Irv Spence
- 'Wolf pacifier' to Tom lighting match on Jerry's ass : Ken Muse
- Jerry picking up pie to Tom getting cherry pie in face : Ray Patterson
- Jerry running off to Tom getting poked in ass with wine bottle : Burness
- Tom getting hit with pastry to Tom going through ceiling : Patterson
- Toots and Jerry running away to iris out : Muse

I should also add that I was actually able to rip this one from the official Tom & Jerry DVD collection. Amazingly this wasn't redubbed or edited, so it was 'useable'.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Why DVNR Sucks Pt. 3

Haven't seen one of these in awhile, have you?

I think by now you all should know what DVNR looks like (in case you've forgotten click here and here). So I'll just be posting some more examples of how DVNR has been destroying the Golden Age of animation.


"Chew Chew Baby" (1945)


"Boobs in the Woods" (1950)

"Canary Row" (1950)


"The Big Snooze" (1946)


"Kitty Foiled" (1948)


Yes, Disney used it too. It's nowhere near as severe as the shorts, but this movie has been mutilated color-wise ever since it came to home video. DVNR just adds insult to injury.

So what can we do about it? Luckily there are people who care at the studios, whether you think so or not. George Feltenstein at Warner Home Video (and in charge of the Golden Collections) despises DVNR as much as I do, and beginning with Vol. 3, there has been minimal DVNR on the sets (it still showed up on "The Last Hungry Cat" and "The Bear That Wasn't" though).

"Falling Hare" was one of the first pre-1948 titles remastered for DVD. Luckily they caught this one and were able to restore it properly. The left is what you have on your DVD. The right is what you would've gotten.

This has been a public service announcement.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Little Red Riding Rabbit

HEY, GRANDMAAAA!!! I brought a little bunny rabbit for ya! TA HAVE!!!

Time for a breakdown of one of my all-time favorite cartoons. I seriously question your sense of humor if you don't find this one funny.

Mike Kazaleh broke this one down too!

- Opening with Bugs and Red : Manny Perez

- Wolf tip-toeing to entering Grandma's house : Dick Bickenbach

- Wolf putting on Grandma's outfit : Gerry Chiniquy

- Wolf throwing other wolves out to scooting Red out : Gil Turner (favorite aspect of Turner here is that he seems to make the Wolf slobber whenever possible)

- Wolf looking in basket to Bugs sending him offscreen : Jack Bradbury (My personal favorite here. It looks a lot like his comic work.)

- Wolf running around in circles to Bugs knocking on his head : Ken Champin

- Bugs runs into other room to Wolf backing Bugs into wall : Gil Turner

- Bugs repeats everything Wolf says to Wolf tip-toeing offscreen : Gerry Chiniquy

- Wolf tip-toeing into dark room to Bugs about to drop the flower : Jack Bradbury

- Close-up of Bugs : Gerry Chiniquy

- Red being placed under the pile to iris out : Virgil Ross

Some things I realized watching this cartoon again:

1. It's the best cartoon Friz ever did (largely in thanks to Mike Maltese).

2. It's one of the best cartoons ever made.

3. It's one of the funniest!

4. Billy Bletcher seems to be having a hell of a fun time in this one. "Put on your old grey bonnet..."

5. Despite it ending with Bugs saving the Wolf and placing Red over the coal, he doesn't come off as a jerk, since it comes more from his personality than say, driving a dog to suicide or burying Elmer Fudd alive.

6. Gil Turner went on to become, as I like to call him, the "Carl Barks" of Zeke Wolf. I've always wondered why he looked so different in Turner's comics than from the actual Disney shorts, and now I know why. He learned to draw the Big Bad Wolf from "Little Red Riding Rabbit"!

A defining page from one of Gil Turner's Wolf stories.
Appeared in WALT DISNEY'S COMICS & STORIES #85 (Oct. 1947).

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Life is bitter...

This highlight from Bob McKimson's "The Up-Standing Sitter" (1948) was animated by Manny Gould. Gould is responsible for all the arm waving/swinging in McKimson's shorts of this period. 

Here's the lyrics typed out for good measure:

Life is bitter,
For I'm a sitter,
And put little kiddies to bed,
While I tuck the sheets,
Around their feet,
They're busy slappin' my head.

They throw their trains,
And rattle my brains,
My head is full of dents.
No wonder I'm sour,
Goes on by the hour,
And each hour I earn fifty cents.

Now it'll be stuck in your head all week.