Saturday, October 27, 2007

Scaredy Cat

Mike Kazaleh broke this one down for me over a year ago, and I haven't gotten around to using it until now.

"Scaredy Cat" is one of the many perfect cartoons Chuck Jones' unit turned out in the late 1940s and early 1950s, so there isn't much that can be said for it that hasn't been said already. For me, the best of these cartoons are the best cartoons, period.

Classes are really time-absorbing so this will be the last breakdown for quite a while. Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 26, 2007

No More Anonymous

Seeing as I am tired of having endless comments from a guy with a woodpecker fetish, anonymous comments are disallowed. If you need help registering for blogger to leave comments, let me know. Thanks.

Random Warner Art Beauty

There's a large book in the school library, Animation Art: The Early Years, by Jeff Lotman and Jonathan Smith, consisting of classic animation art. Much of it is devoted to cels of the Disney variety (and it's certainly not worth the price on Amazon), but here's a few Warner pieces I found interesting.

Hawley Pratt layout from "Racketeer Rabbit"

Hawley Pratt layout from "Stooge for a Mouse"

Bob McKimson scene from "What's Cookin' Doc?"

Bob McKimson scene from "Falling Hare"

Manny Gould scene from "Hare Ribbin'"

Original title art

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Bob McKimson - Sock a Doodle Do

The Foghorn Leghorn shorts always had the funniest animated beatings, so here's a whole cartoon built around them. Great Scribner animation in this one.

Popeye Freaks Rejoice

Please visit Bob Jaques' new blog devoted to identifying the styles of various Popeye animators. Bob is an incredible animator in his own right and is responsible for the best animation in the first two seasons of The Ren & Stimpy Show ("Stimpy's Invention", "Sven Hoek").

Friday, October 19, 2007

Friz Freleng - Foxy by Proxy

Here's an underrated classic I recently took a look at, Friz Freleng's "Foxy by Proxy" (1952). Technically, it's a 'patchwork film', borrowing the premise (and entire opening!) of Tex Avery's "Of Fox and Hounds". But it has a lot of great elements of its own, such as the funniest pack of dogs ever animated (by Art Davis), and a great take on the Avery gag of Bugs 'turning-the-log-off-a-cliff'. Virgil Ross does a great job with subtlety here with Lenny (Stan Freberg) being so stupid that he thinks his 'little friend' has gone away because Bugs has the headpiece on backwards. Ross also animated the ending with Bugs getting one-upped.

There's a lengthy piece here that definitely isn't animated by one of the Freleng regulars, of Bugs trying to get the dogs off his trail. It's beautifully animated and perfectly drawn... Any suspects? [Edit: Mike Kazaleh writes in that he thinks John Carey may have animated it.]

Monday, October 15, 2007

Shamus Culhane - The Painter and the Pointer

Okay, before this becomes the "Disney Comics and Friends Blog", let's take a look at a really incredible Culhane Lantz cartoon from 1944.

This is really an eerily staged and written thing, what with a horribly designed (used only for this cartoon) Andy Panda rigging his dog to a shotgun. You can really see Culhane harking back to his Disney days, with the dog's design being a direct steal of Pluto.

The spiders are beautifully insane characters, attempting to hoist the petrified dog up into the tree to feast on. (The last minute or so is almost entirely animated by Emery Hawkins.)

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Disney Treasures: Uncle Scrooge

David Gerstein and his pals at Gemstone are putting out a second volume in their comic book companion series to the Disney Treasures DVDs, Uncle Scrooge: A Little Something Special.

This volume will feature an extensive overview of the character's many artists. None of the others are even close to Carl Barks' level, but guys like Romano Scarpa, Don Rosa, and Bill Van Horn have done some really solid work (all of whom are featured here).

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Donald Duck - Timber

Here is a really good Donald Duck cartoon from 1940, directed by Jack King. It features some beautiful animation by Ed Love and Emery Hawkins. The mine cart chase is wonderfully executed.

I also scanned some of the storyboard from this cartoon (art by Jack Hannah and Carl Barks) for your enjoyment. Hannah did the ones that look a little more refined, while Barks did the looser, cartoonier drawings. Absolutely inspirational!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Friday, October 5, 2007

The Mystery at Hidden River pt. 3

Strips from November 11, 1941 to December 6, 1941. This is the last time Gottfredson used one of my favorite comic strip villains, Sylvester Shyster.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

The Mystery at Hidden River pt. 2

Strips from October 27, 1941 to November 11, 1941. Native American stereotypes to follow from hereon.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Gottfredson - The Mystery at Hidden River pt. 1

More goodness from that genius Floyd Gottfredson. This is a really rare one, "The Mystery at Hidden River", one that has never seen publication in modern times in North America, probably due to all of the Native American gags.

Strips from October 6th, 1941 to October 25th, 1941.