Friday, April 29, 2011

Andy Panda Comics

Some slick inking, as usual, by Dan Gormley on these two pages from Dell #326.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Bob Cannon, Animator vs. Bob Cannon, Director

I love Bob Cannon's animation, particularly the few cartoons he worked on with Tex Avery and the Fox and Crow UPA shorts. It's quite loose and energetic. His work under Chuck Jones is great, "The Dover Boys" being my favorite. Though it's interesting that as a director the animation is more conservative and organized. I suppose that the emphasis placed on design at UPA was in part to blame. I'm not knocking his UPA shorts, I'm quite fond of them. Well, most of them. "The Oompahs" is boring as hell. Here's a some clips to compare.

Bob Cannon Animator

Bob Cannon Director

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Tom and Jerry - Rexall Magazine Cover

Just to make up for yesterday's horrible Tom and Jerry post, here's a great picture of Tom and Jerry from the April 1949 issue of Rexall magazine.

Friday, April 01, 2011

Tom and Jerry - Filmation Goodness

Of all the revivals of Tom and Jerry since Hanna and Barbera's original theatricals I have to say that the 1980 "Tom and Jerry Comedy Show" produced by Filmation is hands down the best. You could make the case that the shorts rival HB's MGM classics. The chase scenes look like they could have been animated by Irv Spence himself, they're so good. Enjoy some art from "The Great Mousini" and "Invasion Of The Mouse Snatchers". Fortunately, someone was kind enough to upload the cartoons to youtube.

The Great Mousini

Invasion Of The Mouse Snatchers