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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?