Thursday, September 16, 2010

Cagey Business (1965)

Seymour Kneitel was a producer and creative director of Famous Studios (later Paramount Cartoon Studio) until he suddenly died from heart attack in 1964 at the age of 56. Comic book cartoonist Howard Post, despite having very little animation experience, was hired as his replacement.

The 1960s was an interesting time for Paramount's cartoon division because by then they sold off all their star characters (Casper, Little Audrey, Herman and Katnip) to Harvey Comics, meaning that they had no characters to go to in the sixties. Basically just about anything they produced in the sixties starred nothing but one-shot characters. There were a few recurring characters at that time, such as The Cat, Swifty & Shorty, and Sir Blur, but all were short-lived and didn't leave a lasting mark.

Paramount was desperate to find a new star cartoon character and Howard Post tried many during his short tenure. Among the characters he created were Boobie Baboon, Honey Halfwitch (continued into the Culhane era), and Quacky Whack (a blatent Daffy Duck ripoff). Alas, Post's cartoons didn't leave any mark although there were some good attempts such as The Itch and the Swifty & Shorty cartoon Les Boys (both 1965).

Cagey Business (1965), written and animated by long-time staff Isadore Klein, features a character named Hilarie the Lion. It's not particularly a good cartoon, and not the most well-drawn, but there's some charm to it. I like the Zookeeper's limited-animation walk cycle and the neurotic-sounding narrator gives it a nice touch. I think Bob McFadden did all the voices here.


Cagey Business (Paramount, 1965)
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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

While the character design particularly is pretty weak, I Kind of Liked the voices in this one, and Yep Bob McFadden did all the Voices and he did such an awesome job on it too. I Like the Lion voice he used, it's exactly like professor weirdo from Milton the Monster. Asim.

Hey Baker, Care to do Posts about Robot Rival, One of the Family and Fix that Clock?

Chris Sobieniak said...

While the character design particularly is pretty weak, I Kind of Liked the voices in this one, and Yep Bob McFadden did all the Voices and he did such an awesome job on it too. I Like the Lion voice he used, it's exactly like professor weirdo from Milton the Monster. Asim.

I was the one who uploaded this cartoon I taped off Nick some 20 years ago, glad to see someone else thought it was OK as well.

I think the lion's name here is "Hilary", not "Furie".

Hey Baker, Care to do Posts about Robot Rival, One of the Family and Fix that Clock?

All cartoons I bothered to include because, like Jerry, I'm a sucker for these! I kinda like to look for "The Robot Ringer" though, with it's Barnes Baisley-named robot climbing up the corporate latter of the advertising biz. I noticed Irv Spector penned that one before he left the studio.

Chris Sobieniak said...

There's another Howie Post-directed cartoon I can think off from '65 called "A Hair-Raising Tale" involving an egghead kid who invents a hair tonic that restores hair completely but is turned down by a patent office boss who saw the error in his decision and tries to find the kid before it was too late.

Anonymous said...

Um, Chris, Somebody Used To Have "A Hair Raising Tale" Before It Got Taken Down, and Do You Have The Robot Ringer and If You Do, Can You Post That One?. Asim