Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Sick Transit (1966)

One thing I find interesting about the 1960s Paramount cartoons are the writers involved. In an attempt to find new ideas they got just about anyone from standup comedians (Eddie Lawrence) to print cartoonists to contribute stories for the struggling animation studio. So you have a lot of freelance writers walking in at the time.

Sick Transit, one of those "chase" cartoons, featured three (!) writers credited: the film's director, Howard Post, Frank Ridgeway and Bud Sagendorf. William B. Pattengill animated it.

Bud Sagendorf made his mark as an assistant to Elzie Segar on Popeye, eventually taking over the strip in the 1960s. As far as I know, this is Bud's only animation work.

Frank Ridgeway did a strip called Mr. Abernathy for King Features, which ran from 1957 until his death in 1994. Ridgeway did have some animation experience after this short; he was a writer in several Saturday Morning shows produced by Hanna-Barbera and DiC in the '70s and '80s.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I Thought this was a Pretty funny short, Winston sharples Jazz Score is Very Cool and Matches the Mood.

I Noticed at 6:01 That the Hospital Background is recycled from Bouncing Benny.

Keep Em Coming, Brubaker.

Thanks.
Asim.

Chris Sobieniak said...

They must have a whole morgue of Robert Little backgrounds to pull out whenever they don't feel like painting something new for a scene!

Anonymous said...

And The Same Explosion effect from The Popeye Cartoon "Cooking with Gags" That Appears everytime an Explosion Happens in these 60s Paramounts, And the Animation, I've Noticed Most of the Recent Uploads for the 60s Paramount cartoons have been animated by William B Pattengill and I. Klein. What Does Anyone here think Of Pattengill's Animation, I've Noticed Most Animation Fans Here Don't Care for His Animation.

Anonymous said...

And The Same Explosion effect from The Popeye Cartoon "Cooking with Gags" That Appears everytime an Explosion Happens in these 60s Paramounts, And the Animation, I've Noticed Most of the Recent Uploads for the 60s Paramount cartoons have been animated by William B Pattengill and I. Klein. What Does Anyone here think Of Pattengill's Animation, I've Noticed Most Animation Fans Here Don't Care for His Animation.

Anonymous said...

Sorry For the Repeating Comment! Asim.

Chris Sobieniak said...

I think Pattengill's animation is serviceable. It's not the best, but certainly not the worst. Of course by the 1960's, these animator's time to shine was cut drastically because of the shorten budgets and the turnaround time to crank these out.