Monday, October 29, 2007

Chuck Jones - "Bear For Punishment"

This may well be one of the funniest Chuck Jones cartoons ever. Big overgrown morons like Junyer, Baby Huey and Tex Avery's "Lenny types" always crack me up. Junior steals the show, but Mama Bear's dance routine is pretty great too. I believe Ken Harris animated that scene. I posted this model sheet before but I don't think I mentioned that it was drawn by the super awesome Art Heinemann.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Another Clampett Goody

Here's a cool clip from an idea Clampett had to merge live-action and animation.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Clampett Goodies

Here's a couple of extras from the Beany and Cecil DVD. I'm surprised how much it goes for now, I've seen it for upwards of 100 bucks. Glad I picked it up when I saw it for $10 when it came out. Here's some stop motion animation from 1938 and Bob's test footage for his proposed John Carter Of Mars theatricals.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Bob McKimson - "A Ham In A Role"

I love McKimson's late 40s and early 50s shorts, they're always good for beatings. The dog in this cartoon really cracks me up especially in Emery Hawkin's scenes.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Bugs Bunny - "Foxy By Proxy"

I was over at Thad's blog the other day and he has posted a great Friz Freleng short, "Foxy By Proxy". I realized I had a model sheet from it so here it is.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Art Davis - "What Makes Daffy Duck"

More Art Davis for you, this time it's "What Makes Daffy Duck". As usual there's some great backgrounds from Phil DeGuard and excellent animation by Emery Hawkins, Don Williams and company. I'd really like to see some of Don Smith's layouts for Davis's shorts. Anyone happen to see any online anywhere?

Friday, October 12, 2007

Tex Avery - "Of Fox And Hounds"

Here's Tex's first use of the George and Lenny characters from "Of Mice and Men". This is also Willoughby's first appearance and I think Tex was credited with providing his voice. One of the greatest run cycles involving a cartoon dog is in this short so I decided to slow it down so we can check out each of those great drawings.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Chuck Jones - "A Pest In The House"

Here's one of the truly great Daffy shorts directed by Chuck Jones.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Barney Bear - "Unwelcome Guest"

Here's another of the six shorts that George Gordon directed for MGM. I may be mistaken but I believe this was the last one he directed. Theres some beautiful backgrounds here and some great animation from Michael Lah, Ed Barge, and Jack Carr. This cartoon also has one of my favorite scores by Scott Bradley. Enjoy.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Fox and Crow - "Punchy De Leon"

This is the very last of the Fox and Crow shorts and the third one by UPA. It's a shame they abandoned the characters as really love the Fox's design. While I think "Robin Hoodlum" and "The Magic Fluke" are better cartoons this is still a really great looking film.

Hell Bent For Election

This earliest of UPA films was was directed by Chuck Jones and made for the United Auto Workers in their support for Franklin Roosevelt's presidential campaign. Most of the artists moonlighted at night to create this short. There some nice designs here courtesy of Jack Schwartz and also some interesting camera angles too.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

New Gumby DVD

I don't know if many of the classic cartoon lovers out there love Gumby but I certainly do. I have a bunch of cheap Gumby DVDs, but either they are of terrible quality or the soundtracks have been replaced with horrible synth music. That's just brutal for me, being that I'm a fanatic for those old stock cues. The episodes have been restored and scenes that were deleted on some DVDs have been included. There's a few of the 80s shows on it which are weaker than the original 50s and 60s. I've taken some screen shots from the new DVD and compared it with the same frame from a Cartoon Craze dollar DVD. What a difference. To quote a friend "Wow, the old ones look like they've been soaking in piss." I bring this up because I haven't seen it mentioned that much on any sites.