Thursday, January 29, 2009

One more YouTube can't hurt

An early Ralph Bakshi take on hippies.


Dave Mackey said...

This is one of the last Paramount shorts. It's one of a very few that uses the new-type MPAA logo ("Mouse Trek" the last, has the highest NY-type cert # I've ever seen, 06807), and owing to the fact that it was close to the end of the line, the ASSISTANT ANIMATORS are credited, including a couple of former front-line guys, Dante Barbetta (who found his niche in design in the 1960's) and Jack Ehret. I don't know a lot about the other two ladies, Margaret Breese and Ruth Platt. I remember seeing either or both of them in Mark Mayerson's galleries of Al Eugster pictures on his site.

I have a copy of "The Trip" somewhere and am planning on YouTube-ing it when I find it. It's a great cartoon - pretty much a solo turn for Howard Beckerman - and the score by Winston Sharples was later reused for Batfink cartoons.

Brubaker said...

Please let me know when you upload "The Trip". It's the only Bakshi-directed Paramount cartoon that's not on the internet ("The Fuz" and "Mouse Trek" are on DailyMotion).

That's Dayton Allen voicing Marvin and his dad. Corinne Orr voiced Marvin's mom.

Good eye on the new-type MPAA logo. Not many theatrical cartoons used them, even those released late 60s/early 70s. The only others that used them were the Hendricks-era Looney Tunes (and they were reproduced VERY big, right under the producer and director's credit).

DePatie-Freleng also used them in "The Ant and the Aardvark" and "The Dogfather" series (plus the first Roland & Rattfink short, "Hawks and Doves").

And...that's it.

Why I know all this, I do not know.

Rick Roberts said...

Bakshi said he couldn't stand this film. I don't know, I thought it was pretty good.

Anonymous said...

Mouse Trek is the very last theatrical short from Paramount due to the Austrian immigrant Karl Georg "Charles" Bluhdown bought Paramount. The very last complete sentence ever spoken is "Have another metal." Shalom, Ralph.