Saturday, December 30, 2006

Mother Goose Goes Hollywood Part 1

It's been a while since I've done one of these. I've just been too busy to put the necessary time in. I've got a bit of breathing room now, but the thesis deadline is out there waiting to get me.

As a lover of films from the 1930's, I'm predisposed to like this cartoon, which contains some great caricatures by T. Hee and animation by heavyweights like Ward Kimball and Grim Natwick.

Thad K. has put up some clips from this cartoon, which is available on the new Walt Disney Treasures set More Silly Symphonies. For me, it's one of the essential DVD releases of 2006. I'll have more to say about this cartoon in future entries.


Thad said...

Is it just me or does Grim look like he's just part of the machine here? There's a lot of clean-up artists on his (and Patterson's) animation so I can't recognize their style. Not like with Kimball's animation, which is just plain funny.


Michael Sporn said...

Sorry Thad, animation has nothing to do with clean-up and all to do with TIMING. Norm Ferguson had more clean-up people on his work than anyone, yet he had a distinctive animation style. I can assure you that Grim Natwick also had a distinctive animation style. Maybe you have to look a little more.

Thanks Mark. This is a great film that deserves all the attention it can get.

Thad said...

Whoa, you don't have to tell me that animation has to do with timing. Grim's animation style looks like it's full of worms and I can't see any of it in his scenes here or any other Disney cartoon. It looks like he's being backed up by a lot of assistant artists at Disney.

I definitley see his style in the Fleischer cartoons (where there's some cool drawing), and I most certainly see his animation in the Lantz cartoons. And I can also say with utmost certainty that Grim Natwick and Les Kline are the worst animators on those Lantz cartoons.


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Barry A Sanders said...

I've picked up "more silly symphonies" but have not watched it yet. I'm interested to see if they make any disclaimers about the politically incorrect Cab Calloway images.

Hans Perk said...

Disclaimers abound, and are so much part of the programs that they cannot be skipped...