Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Monday, May 30, 2011

What I've been working on...

Decided to shoot some of the footage I animated. Looks okay so far. I'll photograph more later...

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Some other drawings I've done

Some stuff I've done when I'm not animating.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Hamilton the Musical Elephant (1961)

I don't know much about the outputs of the British animation studio Halas & Batchelor (which was run by a husband-and-wife team John Halas and Joy Batchelor), but I came across this short the other day and I had to share it.

There's a joy in this cartoon. The designs are clean and simple and the animation is bouncy and fun. The elephant is an appealing character and the jazz music fits the mood very well.

Like I said, I'm not too familiar with Halas & Batchelor so I'll just link it here.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Funny is Funny (1966)

Ed Graham Jr. ran an animation studio in the '60s and '70s. He was primarily producing cereal commercials for Post featuring characters such as Sugar Bear and Linus the Lionhearted.

The studio, however, also did some other works, including a TV series based around Linus and other cereal mascots, and also a few short films. Funny is Funny (1966) is a rather daring piece that focuses on the merits of cartoon violence and whether they are funny or not. This was around the time many grassroots organizations started objecting to cartoon violence in Saturday Morning shows so this was rather timely when it was made.

The film's script and voice work was provided by Ed Graham Jr. and Carl Reiner. Graham is also credited as a director but I suspect that Clyde Geronimi, listed as an "animation director," is the de-facto director here.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Fester Fish

I like this cartoon. The voices aren't perfect, but I love how he meshed the old-school animation style with modern humor. It gives an interesting combination.


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Arthur! and the Square Knights of the Round Table

Back in the '60s and '70s the Australian animation industry pretty much existed as a place where American studios can have tons of footage produced under low budget. King Features and Hanna-Barbera in particular took advantage of this.

Eventually though, the folks down in the southern hemisphere decided to create their own cartoons for their television. The first of those was Arthur and the Square Knights of the Round Table, produced by a company called Air Programs International (API) and broadcast starting 1968.

The show was syndicated throughout the world, including the United States where it was distributed under 20th Century Fox. Unfortunately it was unsuccessful in US. This may be the result of the show's style and humor being very similar to that of the Jay Ward cartoons produced in the 'States. It's a shame because it's actually quite enjoyable. The animation, while crude, is very bouncy and fun, and the dry humor appeals to me. I also love the "comic strip"-like character designs. The show was directed by Zoran Janjic, who originated from Zagreb, which partially explains the style.

Here are some videos:

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Animation fail

This is why animators sometimes need to fix the layouts they receive. From Hip Hip Ole (1964 Paramount).

Monday, May 9, 2011

A little something

I don't want to talk too much about this, but it's something I'm going to work on during the summer (and possibly beyond that). We'll see.

I'll just leave this up for now.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Pink Package Plot (1968)

The Pink Package Plot (1968) was Art Davis's first cartoon as a director for DePatie-Freleng. For the next five years he directed over 30 theatrical shorts for the studio, not counting various TV projects they did during this time.

Not everything Art Davis did for the studio were great (he was mostly stuck directing on those weak Roland and Rattfink cartoons) but he did pretty good job on the Panthers. Not as good as Freleng's and Pratt's but generally better than Chiniquy's. And the first Pink Panther cartoon he did came out were among my favorites in the series.

This was also the only time Ed Love (1910-1996) animated on a Pink Panther cartoon. Love was an animator who did work for various studios, including Disney, MGM, Walter Lantz, and Hanna-Barbera. He had a very loose animation style, and I mean loose. His original roughs were notoriously sloppy and his many assistants over the years had a hard time cleaning them up. Despite that he did some of the most organic animation on many of the cartoons he worked on. Don Yowp has a pretty good blog post on Love that you can read.

Cartoonist extraordinaire Mike Kazaleh ID'd some of the animators for me:
  • Ed Love animated the ladder sequence up to the dog throwing the package into the garbage.
  • Warren Batchelder ('Batch') did the Panther kicking the door in, the high wire, and call box scenes. (He adds "If you're watching a mid-fifties to early sixties McKimson cartoon and the animation looks like animation, it's one of Batch's scenes.")
  • Herman Cohen animated the Panther dressed as a woman.
  • Ed DeMattia, who he notes didn't really have a distinctive style, most likely animated the anvil/teeter board sequence.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A ticket for you...

This is how "The Ticket Master" should have ended.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Cartoon Collective

There's a Kickstarter campaign for Cartoon Collective, an animation studio that hopes to do traditionally animated cartoons.

It looks interesting. It looks like it's a mix of new-comers and old-comers in the profession. If you want to donate, go here.