Monday, August 27, 2007
"Bowery Bugs" was Davis' only short that starred Bugs Bunny. Phil DeGuard painted some great backgrounds in this one (not that he didn't paint great ones in other cartoons.) Here's a model sheet of Steve Brody, who's great voice was provided by Billy Bletcher, and some backgrounds by Philip DeGuard.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
This is the cartoon that really got me interested in Art Davis as a director. I remember when I first saw it I rewound the tape halfway through it to double check who the director was. The opening scenes are hilarious and the scene with Daffy and Porky arguing through the window really cracks me up. The Daffy design is great too, right up there with Clampett's unit. I wish I had some art from this short, especially layouts from the scenes in the park, but I guess just the cartoon will do. Sorry.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
I finally got the Popeye DVDs the other day, my wife gave it to me for our anniversary. Ain't she great. So now it's time to post some model sheets of Popeye and the gang. I have to thank The Masked Stinker for hooking me up with some model sheets that I didn't have and also much better copies of the ones I already had. Thanks Stinker! Here's the main players for now and I'll post some more real soon. These were drawn by animators Doc Crandall and Willard Bowsky. Read more about Doc Crandall in Ray Pointer's comments in this GAC forum thread.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Now that everyone's gone out and picked up the new Woody set I wanted to share one of my favorite Andy Panda shorts. I was dissappointed to see that "Meatless Tuesday" wasn't included on the set. But since "Playful Pelican" is on part of that "Spook-A-Nanny" bonus I got over it. Besides I've still got my VHS copy of it. Shamus Culhane directed this short, he had no real interest in Andy Panda as a character but I think the few he did were great. While this short is as great as "Fish Fry" it's definitely better than the Andy Panda shorts that were being made before his arrival at Lantz. This is also Pat Matthews first screen credit at Lantz. Thank god for that Woody set, I spent the other night freeze framing his animation. He is brilliant.
Monday, August 06, 2007
This was Tex's last cartoon for MGM which he co-directed with Michael Lah. Ed Benedict's design of the warden is great. You'd be surprised how many different people have emailed me to post about this short. I do remember it being on TV more frequently than some of the Avery shorts when I was a kid so maybe that's the case with so many other people.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
I love this cartoon, but then again I love all of Tex's. I kind of get the feeling this one gets overlooked compared to the attention some of his other shorts receive. I dunno, it cracks me up. Lem is awesome. I love stupid/goofy characters like that. The Daisy Lou design is great too. This model sheet was drawn by Claude Smith and it was probably one of the last he did for Tex, "Northwest Hounded Police" being the other. Notice some of those Lem drawings were used in the original printing of Preston Blair's Animation.