Saturday, January 29, 2011

In the Pink of the Night (1969)

It would take up a whole page to give an overview of animator Art Davis's career, but I'll try to give a brief summary.

Often regarded at the world's first "in-betweener", Art got his start back East at Fleischer Bros. He then moved west and wound up at the Charles Mintz studio (working on those horrid Scrappy cartoons). Later on he went to Warner Bros., where he briefly had his own director's unit only to go back to 'animator' status under Friz Freleng, where he stayed for little over 10 years. He did some work for Hanna-Barbera on Yogi Bear then got hired at Walter Lantz, where he animated for director Sid Marcus's unit (Davis worked with him back at Mintz's studio). After a second stint at Hanna-Barbera as "story director" he wound up with Friz again at DePatie-Freleng, where he worked as director (1968-73, and again 1977-78).

Along with Hawley Pratt and Gerry Chiniquy, Davis mainly directed on the studio's theatrical output with TV works here and there. He mostly worked on the Roland and Rattfink series although he also directed on Tijuana Toads, The Ant and the Aardvark, The Blue Racer, and of course, the Pink Panther.

Not everything Davis directed for the studio was good, but here's one of my favorites; a Pink Panther cartoon called In the Pink of the Night, released in 1969.

I love the little touches in this cartoon that makes it better:
  • The collection of smashed alarm clocks.
  • Panther putting on his hat upside down.
  • Panther smashing the already-smashed stand into further smaller pieces.
  • Panther being covered with sweat drops when guilt strikes him.
  • How the animation becomes very slow when the Panther believes the bird is dead, from dropping flowers in the ocean to walking home to going back to bed, only to speed up when he realizes the bird is still alive.
This copy has those annoying laugh tracks that got added for later television airings, but it's still worth watching if you haven't seen it before. Courtesy of Hulu.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Mark Kausler interview

The Animation Guild has been doing interviews with people who worked in animation. Recently they did one with Mark Kausler. Mark is one of the most talented and knowledgeable of animators alive today and so it was great to hear it.

It's in mp3 in two parts.
Part 1
Part 2

Monday, January 24, 2011

How others do it...

You are not dreaming. That's a Japanese commercial featuring Pebbles, Bam-Bam, and Dino. I love how they didn't even bother trying to imitate the American animation style and just did it in their's.

In a way, this is funnier than the '70s series. Its Hanna-Barbera meets Doraemon (an extremely popular cartoon in Japan), which is something I never imagined I would type.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Just a reminder that the auction below ends later today.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Film on eBay

I'm selling a 16mm IB 'Scope print of a John Doormat cartoon Dustcap Doormat on eBay.

Here's the pan-and-scan version of the cartoon:

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Gaston is Here (1957)

Not much to say except that this was the first of five Gaston Le Crayon cartoons made at Terrytoons under Gene Deitch. Deitch brought changes to the studio when he came over but Gaston is probably the most "traditional" of the new characters. The silly cartoon antics is on par with the Heckle and Jeckle cartoons the studio has been doing for years; oddly enough only Sidney the Elephant (plus two more appearances of Foofle) continued after Deitch's departure.

Gaston had a pretty ugly design in his first few appearances. He was redesigned for the final two (Gaston's Easel Life and Gaston's Mama Lisa), which was more appealing.

Directed by Connie Rasinski with animation by Larry Silverman, Mannie Davis, George Bakes, Jim Tyer, Al Chiarito, Ed Donnelly.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year, New Chapters...

As 2011 rolls around, expect some new interviews, new discoveries...or not. I'm not the kind who plans stuff, but we'll see what happens.