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Sunday, December 28, 2008

All the Cats Join In

Eye and ear candy is the best way to describe this short from Make Mine Music. This Disney short is the jazziest cartoon I've ever seen. I'm not sure who directed it, but I do know that Fred Moore is the primary animator. He has a very appealing style of drawing girls here. (Not that I'm perverted or anything...)

The music is really what sets the cartoon in stone for me. Benny Goodman is one of my favorite jazz musicians and he was definitely a good pick for this short.

Below are some of the drawings by Fred Moore.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Pluto's Christmas Tree

This cartoon is pretty cute. It has good animation as usual, cute story, ect.
The thing about Pluto's Christmas Tree is that it has very beautiful backgrounds, especially during the scene where Chip and Dale look around their newly decorated home.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, or whatever holiday it is you celebrate! And may your every New Year dream come true!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Tiger Trouble

The best of the Goofy cartoons. Period.

Like a lot of Jack Kinney's cartoons, this one has a Warner Bros feel to it. The music's very jazzy, the animation is close if not a little better, and the gags are hilarious!

Speaking of animation, Milt Kahl did this short, too! He did most of the animation on the tiger here. His animation of the big cat wrestling with Goofy is priceless! It's very fluid, solid, and very funny. Just the things that animation is all about!

Here's some sketches by Bill Beet, too.

Lake Titicaca

This short Donald Duck cartoon is actually form the 1943 film Saludos Amigos

I posted this one due to my recent interest of Milt Kahl's great contributions to Disney. He really was a great animator with amazing drawings. Kahl was a very good draftsmen as well as one of my heroes. He really sets high standards for his work and achieves it better than just "okay". Here, he animates the scene with Donald and the llama on the suspension bridge as well as the scene before with the llama.

Other than Kahl's work, the backgrounds are terrific and the gags are cute as well. Enjoy this one 'cause there's more where that came from! :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Hippety Hopper

I just got into watching Robert McKimson cartoons more, and I must say that his early directing attempts were certainly better than what would come later. I find McKimson an adequate director, but that's only because he really was just an animator at heart.

His early cartoons he directed had very fun and fluid animation, and the cartoons with the very silent character, Hippety Hopper, are good examples of what I'm talking about. Hippety may not be as cute as he was later, but then again McKimson wasn't about cute.

I thought it was great watching Sylvester's reactions to the baby kangaroo and the dog trying to help him out. The ending was a real knee-slapper, too! I'll also post more McKimson cartoons later, so enjoy this one for now.

Here's another great Hippety cartoon, Pop in Pop!

Nothing But the Tooth

Another Davis short put up by request. There's not much to say about this one except the wonderful animation again by Bill Melendez, Emery Hawkins, Basil Davidovitch, and more.
The Indian here is an okay character, but it's funny how he's portrayed as well.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Mexican Joyride

Thanks to my friend Kevin Langley, I just adore Art Davis cartoons. I speak for most of us when I say that Davis was an extremely underrated director. Where jokes fail in his cartoons, animation quality makes it up. "Mexican Joyride" is definitely his best short. It's just too funny for me to pass up! The animation is also just superb with talents like Bill Melendez and the great Emery Hawkins under his wing.

I'll probably post more Davis shorts later, but for now, enjoy his masterpiece work.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hare-um Scare-um

The third appearance of Bugs Bunny. It's also the first time he's been colored gray as well as recieving his name from the model sheets. This one's actually my favorite of all the proto-Bugs shorts. The jokes always leave me laughing, the characters are great, the animation's good, and the musical score (By legend Carl Stalling) fits well with the picture.

Below is a model sheet of this Bugs and the cartoon itself.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Barber of Seville

The first cartoon with the redesigned Woody Woodpecker as well as one of the best Woody cartoons ever. There's also wonderful animation from Verne Harding, Les Kline, Pat Mathews, and of course, Emery Hawkins. I also love the aria Woody sings at the end of the cartoon.

Would you trust this guy with a razor?

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Jerky Turkey

Another funny Tex 'toon.

This is one of the few cartoons that Tex directed that wound up in the public domain, and I thought it was wonderful to see I found a high-quality video of the whole thing in English!! A good one to watch on Thanksgiving, don't ya think?

Aside from that, there's still wonderful animation done by Preston Blair and many others as well as the story being done by Heck Allen.

Slap Happy Lion

One of the best from Tex Avery. I think this is the one short with the most gags thrown into it, making it one of the most outrageous shorts Tex and his crew ever did. After all, what's more silly than a lion being afraid of a little mouse?

Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Aracuan Bird

Yep. I'm back again! I just got a job a few months ago, so I haven't been able to post as often as I would like to. Here's something just for the sake of something new.

One of my favorite Disney characters is the rare Aracuan Bird featured in two classic Donald Duck shorts, Clown of the Jungle (1947), and a segment on Melody Time called Blame it on the Samba (1948) where in both shorts is voiced by the great Pinto Colveg. I love this guy because there's definitely some Tex Avery influence on him. It's a shame that he didn't come back for more shorts than this since he's such a fun character. Below is a model sheet form Blame it on the Samba and the cartoon, Clown of the Jungle.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Hammy Model Sheet

This is one of those rare posts where I examine modern cartoons. There's a handfull of those that intrigue me, and this model sheet from Dreamwork's Over the Hedge is one of them. After seeing this model sheet and several others, I came to the conclusion that the movie would have looked better if it was animated traditionally instead of computers. Below is a model sheet of the character Hammy. He looks a lot cuter here than he did in the final project.

I want my COOKIES!!!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Prest-O Change-O

The first colored bugs Bunny cartoon and the first directed by Chuck Jones. Chuck did a lot of Disney-esqe 'toons from the 1930's, which is when this was made. The same rabbit is back, this time colored white, quieter, and just as crazy! Oh, yes, did I mention he does magic tricks too?

Porky's Hare Hunt

I've been meaning to do a post on this one for a while, so here I go.

The Very first Bugs Bunny cartoon. At first created by Ben Hardaway, this rabit was quite different from Bugs even though they're one in the same. This hyperactive rabbit is a lot less calm than Bugs and here, his first foe was actually Porky Pig! Later on this little white rabbit will evolve into a grey, cool hare.
Oh yes, let's not forget his laugh and voice. It's a lot like Woody Woodpecker's, isn't it?

Musical Moments from Chopin

One superb musical cartoon. I'm a sucker for cartoons timed to music, and at the Walter Lantz studio, no one does it better than ex-disney animator Dick Lundy. He really knew how to time actions with music. I think Lundy may have been in charge of the "Musical Minatures" series. This one in particular has various pieces from classical pianist Frédéric Chopin instead of focusing on just one piece of music.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Kaa Model Sheets

In case you're wondering, I find snakes the hardest animals to draw in cartoons. It's not body composition, believe me, that's the easy part! It's getting the head to look right is what's so hard about drawing them! To help myself out, I found some model sheets of Kaa the python from Walt Disney's The Jungle Book (1967). They're good resources to learn how to draw snakes(especially the second one for heads!)

Before you ask, I am a Wolfgang Reitherman fan (That's who directed The Jungle Book). His style of drawing and directing really just captivates me. In my opinion, he actually did the best cartoons for Disney in the 1960's. His drawings are rather almost like Chuck Jones' drawings to me.

More snake heads:This one above has a good angle to work with.
My God, that's a big snake!!!!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Pecos Pest

Very hilarious! Jerry's uncle Pecos makes a great one-shot character. I'm not sure who does his voice, though it sounds like Stan Freberg.

I'm not sure why, but these facial expressions just crack me up (especially the middle one!). Maybe it's out of knowing Tom's fear of Uncle Pecos.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Cat Above and the Mouse Below

My favorite Tom and Jerry from the Chuck jones era. To start, the character designs are pretty good. I prefer Tom's old look from the H-B years, though. I mean he just looks too cuddly in these cartoons to be Tom. Then again, the Boris Karloff-eyebrows are pretty cool.
However, I adore Jerry's new look. He's just so cuddly, I wanna hug him! In fact, one of the characters I created has his look based on this version of Jerry. I'll get to posting his pictures once I get a scanner.

The music's great in this one, and Jerry's aria at the end always makes me smile.