Friday, May 4, 2007

Let's Ring Doorbells

I don't know what Emery Hawkins was up to prior to his first tour at Columbia, but I do know that the shorts of 1935-37 contain the earliest known animation by him, at least by animation expert Mark Kausler. Mark tells me that Emery animated the footage of the drunk in this cartoon, showing that Hawkins understood the principle of delay even this early in his career.

As for the cartoon itself, it's pretty good, but damn, I hate that lil' Scrappy bastard. But these cartoons are worth watching for early work by other luminaries like Sid Marcus, Dick Huemer, and Art Davis.


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