Friday, March 2, 2007

Daffy's Southern Exposure

The snow won't stop around here so I thought this cartoon would be appropriate.

There's always been a Norm McCabe stigma in all the books and message boards that I've never quite understood. There's really not much of a difference between McCabe's black-and-white Looney Tunes and Clampett's that used the same animators. Many of McCabe's shorts seem better by comparison to the crummy ones Clampett was doing in 1940-41.

I think what turns off most from them is the propaganda nature of McCabe's shorts, which I think may have been enforced in some way since the black-and-whites were the 'potboilers' for the studio. If McCabe had not have been drafted, I think he'd be capable of doing some fine color cartoons, at would be as good of a director as at least McKimson.

"Daffy's Southern Exposure" is a fine cartoon and, IMO, one of the earliest 'real' Daffy cartoons.

I love the gag at around 6:48. The wolf's gloves getting knocked off of him from the blow was obviously something added by the animator... Is this Viv Risto? Larry, Greg, or Mike K., do you know?


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