This one has lots of what Terrytoons are notorious for: cycles! And cycles of the commonest kind: ants harvesting and a baby factory! It also has a voluptuous Queen Ant and a sweetly delivered punchline which may make it worth your trouble. Withheld from television release; presumably because it leaves too many "birds-and-bees" questions unanswered for tiny tots (and their beleaguered parents).
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I don't hang on to many things I loved as a child, but this is forever. The virtues of Jim Tyer's shootout need not be stated, and I was especially wowed by the bizarre surprise in Carlo Vinci's "gun matching" scene. As a kid, before home videos, I had to keep memories of this one in my head through the school day so I could attempt to reproduce the "feel" in still drawings at home. Animation like this is not just made up of "funny" and "cool" drawings; it has to be expertly timed to "read" at all. They all knew their stuff (not just the "stars" of the studio).
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The Farmer and his cat vs. the mice. A good example of the humor with which Philip A. Scheib used sound in the early days. Made during the short period when Terrytoons incorporated popular tunes from outside sources: in this case, "Good Evenin'".
Views: 10015 Milton Knight
The early 1930s Lantz cartoons are sometimes exhausting to watch because the creators went out of their way to make every occurrence a funny, or, more often, weird one. Makes me wonder if anyone involved missed "the good old days" with the "literalization" of animation that took hold by 1935. (TV title getting the original "Winged" wrong.)
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Young Gandy dreams he is a "G-man" (actually an old-fashioned deerstalker-capped detective) investigating strange noises in a haunted house. With Frankenstein, Dracula and Mrs. Jones. Opening musical theme: "The Happy Farmer" by Schumann.
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A slapstick tale of a real life figure who transmuted into legend: Ban Naoyuki (1567 — 1615), a Japanese samurai general. Here, depicted as a lovable, blustering strongman (who uses pince-nez!), he does battle with a house of tanuki, the funloving, shapeshifting raccoon dogs, led by the one-eyed Date Masamune (1567 –1636) another historic warrior. Both these true-life personalities continue to figure in Japanese popular media. Here we see the comic, Fleischer-inspired side of Japanese animation, with a hero resembling Bluto, and modern props incongruously figuring in a historic milieu. But still, an atmosphere of comic suspense is maintained. “Drawings”: Yoshitaro Kataoka, who made some of the earliest efforts in color productions, was also a creator of manga.
Views: 107629 Milton Knight
If you've seen a strikingly good idea in a Heckle & Jeckle or Mighty Mouse cartoon, chances are it's not the first time Terrytoons used it. Here, 14 years before he debuted in the Mighty Mouse series as a cat, is the first appearance of Oil Can Harry. Note: The bank manager proposes to cut his staff's salaries "right in two", which Paul Terry did to one employee when it was reasoned the artist was too old-fashioned (and drunk) to be employable elsewhere. Prominent animation by Bill Tytla, Jerry Shields, Frank Moser, Art Babbitt.
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The Farmer tries to keep his pet from eloping. The "star attraction" here, as far as I'm concerned, is the ballad "Agnes", probably an original song by Philip A. Scheib (during a period when they were working hard to introduce them in these films; "Gypsy Life" being the only one anyone remembers). The scenes with the couple on a bicycle was an early one by "Connie" Rasinski, exhibiting his learning from Bill Tytla. The shot with the cats walking down the aisle is by a staffer whose animation was full of awkwardness and errors, but was also ambitious and charming.
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Exceedingly bizarre cartoon with the second appearance of the title character (the first was CINDERELLA) and the debut of Fanny Zilch's design (soon to start the first "Oil Can Harry" miniseries.) Whether the King's character was "inspired" by the debut of Van Beuren's Little King series, no one alive can say.
Views: 13519 Milton Knight
Scrappy and Oopy are the welcoming "committee" at the Chicago World's Fair. Zestful. Loaded with celebrity caricatures. The man receiving hair treatments is a spoof of supervising animator Art Davis.
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As the world prayed for peace, the Mintz studio parodied it as an effeminate alternative to head bashing. Pre WWII satire of world politics. A curious mix of potent political imagery and typical cartoonery. Hitler is conspicuous by his absence, and Tony the fruit peddler stands in for Mussolini.
Views: 3239 Milton Knight
Once again, Robin Hood rescues Maid Marian from a terr-u-ble fix. Some artists involved: Dan Gordon, Larry Silverman, Milton Stein, Carlo Vinci, "Connie" Rasinski. Robin Hood's jousting match is creatively staged, the animation largely by Rasinski and Vinci.
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1950 was possibly the high point of loopy Terrytoons animation. This one puts a novel twist on the Tom & Jerry “kill the romance” plot. Very overstated, wild animation by all.
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Celebration of a generation of entertainment proves that some things never change. It's very spirited, though, and had me tapping my feet and laughing out loud while reviewing it. Note: Terrytoons was welcoming an influx of talent from the closing Van Beuren Studio at the time (animators Carlo Vinci, Larry Silverman, Reuben Timmins among others). One will see an intrusion by a favorite Burt Gillett star. Oldtimer Jerry Shields' work, however, remains exactly the same as it was at the time of the Farmer's debut.
Views: 11139 Milton Knight
Disaster ensues when Oswald neglects his day care center. I won't spoil the experience for you; just let this document of one-sided American "history" wash over you like a cool fungus.
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Conductor Krazy leads his group through "Stars and Stripes Forever" and "Twelth Street Rag". Another example of Ben Harrison and Manny Gould's mastery of gags and synchronization after the Charles Mintz studio had been making sound cartoons for only about a year. Disney's films of the period are outdone in terms of speed and content.
Views: 5842 Milton Knight
Possibly the most sardonic Christmas cartoon I know of. Happy Holidays!
Views: 5380 Milton Knight
A favorite plot at the studio: a character running around the house being terrorized mostly by his own imagination. A sure-fire setup for freak-out animation by Jim Tyer, Carlo Vinci, Conrad "Connie" Rasinski (the director, after whose dog "Pago" was named) and Paul Sommer.
Views: 8281 Milton Knight
A brat leads Oswald the Lucky Rabbit on a merry chase at the fairgrounds. Slapdash, violent laugh riot sparked by a round of parental abuse. Not to be confused with KOUNTY FAIR, an Oswald from a few years earlier. With Bill Nolan animation and a pretty score by James Dietrich.
Views: 8981 Milton Knight
An opera-singing firemouse rescues his lady fair. A stream of incongruous gags, including "ethnic" ones. A few Terrytoons employees were members of the real-life Larchmont (N.Y.) Volunteer Fire Dept. "The Flame" animated by Frank Moser. Includes Barker Bill TV opening followed by home movie release opening.
Views: 4715 Milton Knight
Bill Tytla's showy, mobile, comedic drawings were a heavy influence on the Terrytoons 'style' from the early 1930s thru to the late 1950s. It can be observed in Jim Tyer's work in particular. Sequence from BLUEBEARD'S BROTHER.
Views: 2408 Milton Knight
Harmonica by Leo Diamond, late 1950s. This video has not been posted for profit; only for good fun and good music.
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A chase through the sewers of Paris. The term "Apache" here refers to cheap Parisian lowlifes and criminals. The traditional S&M dance-of-passion theme is "L'Amour De L'Apache" by Offenbach. Video from ASIFA-Hollywood show with audience laughter and occasional heads.
Views: 4956 Milton Knight
The final sequence from STAGE KRAZY, showing Krazy at the keys playing "12th Street Rag", composed by Euday L. Bowman. This stands out because of its cutting to the beats of the music, creating a kind of montage. Clumsy in spots? Definitely. But a unique and advanced effort for 1933. Arrangement by Joe De Nat.
Views: 11981 Milton Knight