Monday, January 22, 2007

Drunkards Timed To Music

Here's some clips of drunken cartoon characters timed to music. All four of these Lantz clips were directed by Dick Lundy, one of my absolute favorite directors. I love cartoons that are timed to music but these clips are particularly fun, at least I think they are. I love how they stumble about only to gather themselves or fall or spin right on the beat. I would think this would've been a nice challenge for the animators. One of my goals is to animate an entire short set to music, but I've got a lot of learning and practice to do before I try my hand at that. Oh, be sure to check out Fred Brunish's great backgrounds in the "Pixie Picnic" scene. So bright and cheery. I'm working on picking some screen caps for a Fred Brunish post. Enjoy the clips.







10 comments:

Mike Matei said...

i want to have a pixie picnic

Chloe Cumming said...

Hi Kevin

This was a particularly excellent and joyous selection.

I love your blog, it's all bookmarked and everything.

Joe said...

Now that's what I call the real Happy Feet!

Kevin Langley said...

Thanks Chloe, I was hoping someone would like these as much as I do.

Hey Joey, that could have easily been me waking you up when I was stumbling in at 5 in the morning all the time as a teenager :) Talk to ya soon.

Thad K said...

The drunk in "Bandmaster" was by Pat Matthews, as was the cycle of penguins in "Sliphorn King of Polaroo" (the piece before it with the polar bear was Emery).

That piece from "Musical Moments from Chopin" was horrible though! Grim Natwick did that scene and everything looks about 2 seconds off.

Kevin Langley said...

Thanks for the IDs Thad. I have to say, Pat Matthews is my favorite animator right now and Hawkins is a close second.

As for Natwick's scene, I'm not really fond of his Lantz animation, this is better than some of the other stuff though. Despite the off timing.

ryan said...

dude, excellent clips. very funny too! what amazing animation. isn't it upsetting that there will most likely never be a comprehensive Lantz DVD collection? it makes me sad

Kevin Langley said...

Hey Ryan, actually there's a thread over on GAC that links to a Jerry Beck interview where he said he's convinced them to release a Woody Woodpecker and Friends set. 75 cartoons uncut and restored. Jerry's supposed to be picking the cartoons. It's due to come out in July of this year. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for all of Culhane's Swing Symphonies. Oh and Oswald the Rabbit too.

Colin Giles said...

Awesome stuff. great blog!

Kevin Langley said...

Thanks Colin, I've been enjoying yours for sometime also.