Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Animation...

Almost done with the animation. I have one more (brief) scene to do.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Animating...


I'm animating on what will hopefully be my first cartoon. Currently I'm up to drawing #166 (about 2/3 done).

I posted parts of the storyboard here.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Just a little something



Jim Tyer in widescreen.

From "Springtime for Clobber", released 1958.

(the brownish look in the second picture is due to how the digital camera took it; it's actually very colorful like in the first pic.)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Terrytoons part 2

Since I posted it on Facebook and Dave Mackey mentioned it...

I also have a 16mm print of "Gaston is Here" (1957). However, the print is very splicy and a good bulk of the credits was hacked away by whoever owned it previously.

That said, what was left was interesting. After Bill Weiss's credit appeared, signatures of every other Terrytoons staff members appeared. Before Gene Deitch came only three people received screen credit in this order: Story (John Foster before 1950, Tom Morrison after that), Director, and Music (always Phil Scheib). But here, EVERYONE's name appeared, even if it was for only a few seconds and in really tiny letters.



Here are some of the signatures I was able to read. I identified their staff position if known (thanks to Deitch's autobiography), but others I'm unclear. And yes, the odds are alot of the spellings are incorrect.

With that said...

Ralph Bakshi (at the time cel painter)
Vinny Bell (animator)
Bill Benulis (later comic book cartoonist)
Doug Moye (cameraman and occasional voice actor)
Donna Hallam
Arnie Levey (assistant animator)
Joan M. Gaiagher
Sal Greco (film editor)
Dave Ubinas (later designer for Paramount)
Cosmo Anzilotti (ink & paint, later animator)
Mark Brennan
Jack MacConnell (film editor)
Frank Lilegren
George Davis (camera)
Ralph Rossburg (cel painter)
Bill Focht (BG artist)
Eli Wolfson (film editor)
Ava M. Tasadfoey (checker)
Robert Corelli (film editor)
Walt Gleason (prod. supervisor)
Mary Taracka (assistant animator)
Peggy Breese (animator)
Conrad J. Rasinski (aka Connie Rasinski, the short's director)
Hope Chagarls
Larry Esposito
Arthur Baker
Charlotte Livingston
Eli Kealey
Connie Higgins (ink and paint)
Andrea Ambrose (ink and paint)
Terry Guadagno (ink and paint)
Douglas "Doug" Crane (cel painter)

Rare Terrytoons credits

I posted 1958 cartoon "Dustcap Doormat" a while back, but it was a pan-and-scan version sans credits.

I actually have a 16mm print of the cartoon in its original CinemaScope ratio. I'd figure I should at least post the screen credits, which is very hard to find. Here they are (I adjusted the size to give out the widescreen ratio):









For sale: film projector


I'm selling my Kodak Pageant AV126 TR projector.

Picture itself projects fine. However, there are difficulties with sound, apparently due to the voltage regulator on the audio board.

If you want to buy one for any reason (spare parts, actually try to fix the audio problem, etc.), then feel free to contact me.

The price is $20 plus shipping.

I will include a DFD projection lamp AND an exciter lamp free of charge.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Storyboards




First two pages of a storyboard for a cartoon I'm doing.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Throne for a Loss (1966)

Oh, Honey Halfwitch
She's a funny kid witch
What a honey!
When she flies up on her broom
She get's all around with the zoom zoom zoom
She's magical and mystical and smart

Oh, Honey Halfwitch
Bright and sunny
She's as cute as a bunny
She's half wizard and half girl
She waves her wand and you're in her world
She's full of tricks and sweet as an apple pie
A half-pint pixie is sure to win your heart.

Another post on Paramount's sixties cartoon, since I happened to upload this on YouTube and I haven't posted it here yet.

Howard Post, who passed away few weeks ago, succeeded as the head of Paramount's animation studio after the death of Seymour Kneitel. During his brief takeover he created a character called Honey Halfwitch, a little witch apprentice originally voiced by Shari Lewis. She first appeared in a 1965 Modern Madcap called Poor Little Witch Girl. Soon after the character got her own series with a dozen more shorts to follow.

Post wrote most of the shorts and directed the first six. After Post was fired Shamus Culhane took over and was required to fulfill the the contract by finishing off the rest of the series. Culhane directed three before leaving the remaining four to Chuck Harriton (with new designs and voice).

Culhane never had a strong feeling for the series, noting in his book Talking Animals and Other People: "Honey was ostensibly a little girl, and followed the usual heavy-handed attempts at cuteness which had bogged down the studio since the days of Betty Boop."

Here's one of the three that Culhane directed. Watching it, it's understandable why Culhane never cared for the series. While Post did direct some interesting shorts and experimented with different styles (such as The Itch) these Halfwitch cartoons are remnants of the fifties cartoons starring Casper and Little Audrey. That said, I had a slight chuckle at this exchange:

Stanley: As a sorcerer I am a failure. I presume there is nothing left to do but my saw trick.
Honey: What's that, Stanley?
Stanley: It's where I saw myself completely in half.
Honey: Yeah, then what?
Stanley: That's it, I just saw myself in half.




Shari Lewis did Honey, Cousin Maggie, and the Prince's women. Bradley Bolke did Stanley and possibly all the other male voices.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Squaw-Path (1967)

When Shamus Culhane took over Paramount's animation studio he tried out a bunch of new characters, none of which went anywhere. Among those are Sir Blur (basically Mr. Magoo in medieval setting), Hard Hat with Fall Guy (appeared in Halt Who Grows There? and A Bridge Grows In Brooklyn), and Roscoe and Buddy-Boy (from Think or Sink and Forget Me Nuts)

Another one of those characters is Geronimo. He was an Indian character paired with his son, Little Feather. They didn't make the cut, too, and only appeared in two shorts: Geronimo and Son (1966) and The Squaw-Path (1967). Below is the second and last short in its entirety.

Not the strongest from this era, but it's rare, and that's good enough for me.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Short film

I decided to work on doing a short animated film. I'd figure you're never too young to start working on it.





Anyway, here are some concept sketches. It's a rabbit wearing an earring made out of weights (it makes sense in context of the story).

Friday, June 4, 2010

16mm WANTS

The following is my wanted cartoons on 16mm. Anyone who has any of the titles listed and willing to part with it (or otherwise have a lead to where) please feel free to email me.

Generally the print must be in decent condition. I'm wary of red Eastman prints, but I may make an exception depending on the rarity (ie: some of the more obscure DePatie-Freleng shorts).

Last updated November 16, 2012.

Calvin and the Colonel (1961-62 TV series)
The Television Job
The Polka Dot Bandit
Thanksgiving Dinner
The Costume Ball
Sycamore Lodge
Money in the Closet
Calvin Gets Psychoanalyzed
Wheeling and Dealing
The Wreaking Crew
The Colonel's Old Flame
Sister Sue and the Police Captain
Jim Dandy Cleaners
Jealousy
Cloakroom
Sister Sue's Sweetheart
The Winning Number
Calvin's Glamour Girl
Colonel Out-Foxes Himself
Nephew Newton's Fortune
Calvin's Tax Problem
Women's Club Picnic
Magazine Romance
Ring Reward
The Carnappers
Colonel Traps a Thief
Back to Nashville

Terrytoons (only if IB 'Scope)
Gag Buster
Topsy TV (John Doormat)
Gaston Is Here (Gaston Le Crayon) (better print)
Shove Thy Neighbor (John Doormat)
Clint Clobber's Cat (Clint Clobber)
Flebus
Springtime For Clobber (Clint Clobber) (better print)
It's A Living
Gaston's Baby (Gaston Le Crayon)
The Juggler Of Our Lady
Gaston Go Home (Gaston Le Crayon)
Camp Clobber (Clint Clobber)
Old Mother Clobber (better print)
Gaston's Easel Life (Gaston Le Crayon)
A Tale of a Dog
Another Day, Another Doormat (John Doormat)
The Flamboyant Arms (Clint Clobber)
Foofle's Train Ride
Gaston's Mama Lisa (Gaston Le Crayon)
The Fabulous Firework Family

DePatie-Freleng
Most "Pink Panther" and "Inspector" entries
The Great DeGaulle Stone Operation (good print)
Don't Hustle an Ant with Muscle (Ant & Aardvark)
Hasty But Tasty (Ant & Aardvark)
I've Got Ants in My Plans (Ant & Aardvark)
Isle of Caprice (Ant & Aardvark)
Mumbo Jumbo (Ant & Aardvark)
Never Bug an Ant (Ant & Aardvark)
Scratch a Tiger (Ant & Aardvark)
Ants in the Pantry (Ant & Aardvark)
Odd Ant Out (Ant & Aardvark)
Rough Brunch (Ant & Aardvark)
Technology Phooey (Ant & Aardvark)
The Ant and the Aardvark (debut short)
The Ant from Uncle (Ant & Aardvark)
The Froze Nose Knows (Ant & Aardvark)
A Fink in the Rink (Roland & Rattfink)
A Pair of Sneakers (Roland & Rattfink)
A Taste of Money (Roland & Rattfink)
Bridgework (Roland & Rattfink)
Cattle Battle (Roland & Rattfink)
Flying Feet (Roland & Rattfink)
Gem Dandy (Roland & Rattfink)
Hawks and Doves (Roland & Rattfink)
Hurts and Flowers (Roland & Rattfink)
Say Cheese, Please (Roland & Rattfink)
Sweet and Sourdough (Roland & Rattfink)
The Deadwood Thunderball (Roland & Rattfink)
The Foul Kin (Roland & Rattfink)
Trick or Retreat (Roland & Rattfink)
War and Pieces (Roland & Rattfink)
Croakus Pocus (Tijuana Toads)
The Fastest Tongue in the West (Tijuana Toads)
Tijuana Toads (debut short)
Aches and Snakes (Blue Racer)
Blue Aces Wild (Blue Racer)
Blue Racer Blues (Blue Racer)
Camera Bug (Blue Racer)
Fowl Play (Blue Racer)
Freeze a Jolly Good Fellow (Blue Racer)
Killarney Blarney (Blue Racer)
Nippon Tuck (Blue Racer)
Hiss and Hers (Blue Racer)
Little Boa Peep (Blue Racer)
Love and Hisses (Blue Racer)
Punch and Judo (Blue Racer)
Snake Preview (Blue Racer)
Support Your Local Serpent (Blue Racer)
The Boa Friend (Blue Racer)
Wham and Eggs (Blue Racer)
Yokahama Mamma (Blue Racer)
A Self Winding Sidewinder (Hoot Kloot)
Stirrups and Hiccups (Hoot Kloot)
Phony Express (Hoot Kloot)
Giddy Up Woe (Hoot Kloot)
Gold Struck (Hoot Kloot)
As the Tumbleweeds Turn (Hoot Kloot)
Big Beef at O.K. Corral (Hoot Kloot)
By Hoot or By Crook (Hoot Kloot)
Strange on the Range (Hoot Kloot)
Mesa Trouble (Hoot Kloot)
Saddle Soap Opera (Hoot Kloot)
The Dogfather (debut short)
The Goose That Laid a Golden Egg (Dogfather)
Heist and Seek (Dogfather)
The Big House Ain't a Home (Dogfather)
Mother Dogfather (Dogfather)
Bows and Errors (Dogfather)
Deviled Eggs (Dogfather)
Watch the Birdie (Dogfather)
M-O-N-E-Y Spells Love (Dogfather)
Rock-A-Bye Maybe (Dogfather)
Eagle Beagles (Dogfather)
From Nags to Riches (Dogfather)
Goldilox & the Three Hoods (Dogfather)
Rock Hounds (Dogfather)

Paramount
Chew Chew Baby
Top Cat (uncut)
Cool Cat Blues
The Plot Sickens
Panhandling On Madison Avenue (Swifty & Shorty)
Fizzicle Fizzle (Swifty & Shorty)
Sailing Zero (Swifty & Shorty)
Fix That Clock (Swifty & Shorty)
The Once-Over (Swifty & Shorty)
Service With A Smile (Swifty & Shorty)
Call Me A Taxi (Swifty & Shorty)
Highway Slobbery (Swifty & Shorty)
Accidents Will Happen (Swifty & Shorty)
Homer On The Range
Horning In
A Hair-Raising Tale
Cagey Business
The Story Of George Washington
A Leak In The Dike
Inferior Decorator (Swifty & Shorty)
Solitary Refinement
Ocean Bruise (Swifty & Shorty)
The Outside Dope
Getting Ahead (Swifty & Shorty)
Sick Transit
Poor Little Witch Girl (Honey Halfwitch)
The Itch
Inferior Decorator
Ocean Bruise
Shoeflies (Honey Halfwitch)
Getting Ahead
Op Pop Wham And Bop
Baggin' The Dragon (Honey Halfwitch)
From Nags To Witches (Honey Halfwitch)
Trick Or Cheat (Honey Halfwitch)
The Rocket Racket (Honey Halfwitch)
The Defiant Giant (Honey Halfwitch)
Potions And Notions (Honey Halfwitch)
A Wedding Knight
The Space Squid
Think or Sink
The Trip
Here's Nudnik (Gene Deitch)
Drive On, Nudnik (Gene Deitch)
Nudnik On A Shoestring (Gene Deitch)
Welcome Nudnik (Gene Deitch)
Nudnik On The Roof (Gene Deitch)
From Nudnik With Love (Gene Deitch)
Who Needs Nudnik?? (Gene Deitch)
Nudnik On The Beach (Gene Deitch)
Good Neighbor Nudnik (Gene Deitch)
Nudnik's Nudnickel (Gene Deitch)
I Remember Nudnik (Gene Deitch)
Halt, Who Grows There?
From Orbit To Obit
Brother Bat (Honey Halfwitch)
The Opera Caper
Keep The Cool, Baby
The Fuz (Ralph Bakshi)
The Mini-Squirts (Ralph Bakshi)
Mouse Trek (Ralph Bakshi)

National Film Board of Canada
The Cat Came Back
John Law and the Mississippi Bubble
The Cruise
The Family That Dwelt Apart

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Snookles (1986)

Recently I acquired a 16mm print of a 1986 short film (it's about 2 minutes long) called Snookles. Snookles was animated by Juliet Stroud as a college project for the California Institute of the Arts.

The film has been compared to Bambi Meets Godzilla and it's easy to see why: what starts out as heartwarming goes very, very wrong in the end. At the time this was pretty edgy and stood out. 24 years after Snookles was made it doesn't seem much, but it made an impact among the indie-animation groups back in the eighties and early nineties.

Unlike most CalArts student films (which are often glorified pencil tests) this one was actually inked-and-painted and was shown among film festivals for years. In 1991 it was broadcast on television as part of MTV's Liquid Television. It also showed up on some animation VHS and DVD releases, whether its official or bootleg.

Some people asked whatever happened to Juliet Stroud after graduating from CalArts. A quick look at the imdb shows that she currently works at Disney on their feature films (including the Princess and the Frog). In July I'm meeting with one of the former Disney animators in person, so maybe I'll ask and see if he remembers her.

eBay

Just a reminder that many of the items I put up on eBay ends tomorrow.