Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Hemo The Magnificent

"Hemo The Magnificent" is an old educational film with animation produced by Shamus Culhane Productions. Though Culhane had probably little to no creative input as the animation was directed by Bill Hurtz. It features the voices of Mel Blanc, June Foray, Marvin Miller, and even an on screen appearance by Sterling Holloway. Here's the introductory scene from "Hemo". I have to say I love the background used in the first animated scenes.


8 comments:

Birds on the tree said...

Thanks for this.

J.R. Spumkin said...

Say, Kevin, I love your blog, and I did a little post concerning model sheets (well, part one on a little post):

http://jspumkinkartoonblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/whats-difference-between-these-here.html

I was wondering what you thought of the 90's Disney stuff (on there, and here:

http://animationarchive.net)

Personally, I think it pales in comparison to Tex's models sheets, and all the others you have on your blog.

-J.

Tim said...

Maybe Pixar will do a sequel, "Finding Hemo".


Sorry.

Anonymous said...

I have been looking for this for a while. I'm delighted to find it. I watched it in school as a child and although the information is outdated, there is wonderful things in there that are still correct/current and done in a perfect form for young children. I love it.

Jim B. said...

Thanks, Kevin. I've read about this in Culhane's book but have never seen it. I wonder what would induce an ad agency like Ayer to get involved in producing this.

"Gosh darn minute!" You've got to love the '50s. And the wooden acting.

It's great to hear Mel Blanc and Marvin Miller together. Is that Pinto Colvig, too?

David said...

Hey Kevin,

I remember watching this in the school cafeteria in 2nd and 3rd grade. We also watched all of the Apollo stuff down in the cafe on a tiny black and white TV.

Do you know if there was also one of these films on the Sun? I remember this one and another with an animated talking sun.

Take care,

David
http://david-wasting-paper.blogspot.com/

Kevin Langley said...

Hey David,

"Our Mr. Sun" was also made for Bell Labs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ER-2dqd1h3I&feature=PlayList&p=51EF678ED86E72F9&index=39

David said...

Wow, "Our Mr. Sun"! That really brings me back watching it. Thanks so much. I was immediately transported back in time to the days of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with 3-cent milks.

Thanks again Kevin.

David
http://david-wasting-paper.blogspot.com/