Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Swifty and Shorty

When it comes to the cartoons produced under Seymour Kneitel's reign at Paramount's animation studio, the best were either the Irv Spector-penned cartoons or Swifty and Shorty, created and voiced by comedian Eddie Lawrence (aka "The Old Philosopher"). The funny voice acting and clever writing made the series stand out from others, and it's a darn shame that its so obscure.

12 shorts were made under Kneitel, all released in 1964; Howard Post made four more in the following year. By then Lawrence had stopped doing the voices and was replaced by Bradley Bolke and Jack Mercer, voicing Swifty and Shorty respectively.

These two are from Post's reign. (Click here for the Kneitel/Lawrence short)

Ocean Bruise (1965)
This one has some similarities to the Gene Deitch Tom and Jerry short Dickie Moe. Not much of a coincidence, since both cartoons are written by Eli Bauer.



Getting Ahead (1965)

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great Uploads, Brubaker, Now If Only You Would Post at Least One Seymour Knietel directed Swifty and Shorty Cartoon, You Know, The Ones where Eddie Lawrence is doing the Voices, Besides Fix that Clock, which I've seen already.

I Have Two requests for Uploads That You could post much later: And So Tibet and Laddy and his Lamp, Do You Think you Can Do It?.

Thanks.
Asim.

Brubaker said...

I don't have any of the shorts you've listed, alas.

I did put up the second (and last) Laddy and his Lamp short, though:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdG4AAOxSQc

Anonymous said...

"I don't have any of the shorts you've listed"
Well, Maybe WackyJacky will upload them in the meantime, we can only wait.

"alas"
Um, Were You Trying to Say My Name Baker, If So, Then I Think You May Have Spelled My Name Wrong, It's ASIM! Okay? Try To Remember that Next Time, But i Understand, Since your from a Foreign Descent (Japanese, i think)

Brubaker said...

Um, "Alas" is an interjection.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Alas

Anonymous said...

Oh, Okay, I Thought you were referring my name, Im Very Sorry.

Do You Have the Space Kid, Though?
That Cartoon is The Very Last One Seymour Knitel Directed before his death, but released when Shamus Culhane took over the Studio!

Chris Sobieniak said...

I'm reminded the first Laddie and his Lamp was rather pretty silly, and sorta showed how having a genie might not be such a cool idea after all, since Ali Presto was very antiquated and out-of-touch with the modern world that Laddie lives in, so he had problems fulfilling his wish for a jet plane he wanted (which took up half the cartoon right there) and it's ending that I thought was rather quite well done for a gag.