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Monday, January 28, 2008

Hare Ribbin'

If there was an award for the most violent Bugs Bunny cartoon ever, I'll bet Hare Ribbin' would win it with no sweat.

This cartoon is legendary, even by Bob Clampett's standards. Yes, it does have the basic chase plot of your typical 1940's Warner Bros. cartoons, this one is diffrent from all the others. During the beginning of the film, Bugs meets up with a dog with a Russian accent. The dog is a joke on comedian Bert Gordon's signature character, "The Mad Russian", complete with his catchpraises, "How do you do?" and "Do you mean it?", wich were quite common in these cartoons.
See? Told ya!

Now, part of the short involves Bugs being chased into a lake, and for some bizzare reason, the rest of it takes place at the bottom of this lake.

But the real reason that this one is special is that this cartoon has two seprate endings, both of them deemed for being too violent to show on TV. Fortunatly for you, I posted both versions on this blog for you.
I wish I were dead! I wish I were DEAD!

Merrie Melodies - Hare Ribbin' (1944)
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This version is the one you're more likely to see on TV. At the end, the dog assumes that Bugs has been killed (he "ate" him in a rabbit sandwitch) and is so upset by what he did that he wishes he were dead as well. The ol' grey hare comes back alive, says "Ehh, do you mean it?", and gives the dog a gun so that the job can be done.


This is the rare directer's cut. At the end, the dog says the same thing, and so does Bugs, but this time, he shoots the dog himself! You can find this one on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection, Vol. 5 DVD as a special feature on disc 3.

That's all for today. See ya next time! :p

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Old Grey Hare

You gotta love this one, especially the drawings of Old Man fudd as seen on this model sheet.

This one, I think, may have been the first time a toddler version of an already cartoon character appears on-screen, which also was turned into a popular trend in the 1980's (i.e. Muppet Babies, Baby Looney Tunes, ect.)
Also, watch for hidden newspaper gags like during the "Smell-o-Vison Replaces Telovision" headline, it states, "Carl Stalling Sez, 'It'll never work!'"

It'll be more fun if you watch the film here:

Merrie Melodies - The Old Grey Hare (1944)
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Oh, and yesterday was my birthday, f.y.i. Sorry I forgot to post that here earlier...

Monday, January 21, 2008

Johann Mouse

This is my favorite Tom and Jerry cartoon! And it's not hard to see why. This Academy Award winner employs good animation from the Hannah-Barbera department at MGM, wonderful voice acting from Hans Conried, and, of course, the music. The music featured in this short is from my favorite classical composer, the great Johann Strauss II of Vienna. The songs featurred are, in order:

-Wiener Blut Walzer (Vienna Blood Waltz), Op. 354
-Der Kaiser Walzer (The Emperor Waltz), Op. 437
-Tritsch-Tratsch (Chit-Chat) Polka, Op. 214
-An Der Schönen, Blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), Op. 314
-Perpetuum Mobile, "Musikalischer Scherz" (Perpetual Motion, "Musical Joke"), Op. 257
-Wein, Weib Und Gesang (Wine, Women and Song), Op. 333

But enough of my technical mumbo-jumbo. Here's the 'toon.

Tom and Jerry - Johann Mouse (1952)
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Person to Bunny

Nothing special here other than it's fun to watch. It's a nice parody of the TV show, "Person to Person", a popular TV program back in 1960. Nice acting from Mel Blanc, Daws Butler, and Arthur Q. Bryant (This was the last time he voiced Elmer Fudd.) So enjoy "Person to Bunny". :)

Friday, January 18, 2008

Draftee Daffy

A lot like other animation fans, I'm a big fan of the 1940's version of Daffy Duck. So in honor of our little black duck, the next cartoon is one from 1945 entitled, "Draftee Daffy".

This may be a Clampett Daffy here, but this cartoon shows a diffrent side of Daffy, as the self-preserving waterfowl he evolved into today. (Chuck Jones, I think, seemed to take that characteristic and really emphasize it.)

It does feature great animation from Manny Gould, Rod Scribner, Bob McKimson, and Basil Davidovich.
Oh, and who could forget that little man from the draft board. Pretty good character. Looks a lot like Elmer Fudd.

"Well, now I wouldn't say THAT!"

So here it is. Enjoy! :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Eatin' on the Cuff or the Moth Who Came to Dinner

Here's the First cartoon for my Blog, and it's....
This one of Bob Clampett's first cartoons in where his true colors are flown. What I ment by that is that this old black n' white toon demonstrates Clampett's pure wackieness at the Warner Bros. This was the first were his familiar, rubbery animation style is shown (animated by Virgil Ross and Rod Scribner). It also shows off his timing talents as well, since the animation is timed perfectly well with the music. So for your enjoyment and mine, here is "Eatin on the Cuff", or "The Moth Who Came to Dinner". (1942)

First post.

Hi, folks! If you don't know me, my name is Justin Smith, and I am planning on being an animator someday when I grow up. On this blog, you'll find the cartoons and the people that mad them , accompanied with a video from that will relate to the topic (I'm Cartoonzof2006 there!). So check later today, this week or the next for a new post.

Oh, and I'll also post my own drawings on here when I get a scanner, so feel free to tell me if I have a chance in this buisness or not.

See ya soon! :)