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.

4 comments:

Pokey said...

Loved this...see my comments on YouTube

Chris Sig said...

Everything just "clicks" about this cartoon that makes its purpose somewhat timeless, even by today's standards - from the wild title sequence to the natural voicework and movement from both dog characters. Crazy, man!

Anonymous said...

Is the voice of the dog Dave Dixon?

Brubaker said...

Nope. Ed Graham Jr. did the voice.