Today I am re-posting an original animators draft for the Max Fleischer “Color Classic” cartoon A Car-Tune Portrait (released June 26th, 1937). Drafts for non-Disney cartoons are scarce, but vital to identifying and studying individual animators style.
First, let’s take a look at the cartoon itself. Animators on this film include Dave Tendlar, Eli Brucker, Nick Tafuri, Joe Oriolo, Bill Sturm, and Herman Cohen. The voice of the Lion conductor (orchestra leader) was provided by radio announcer David Ross.
Now let’s go through the film, shot by shot, from this original document found in Dave Tendlar’s personal files. Note the original title was “Animal Orchestra”. The draft does not include the opening sequence of the characters being drawn by an artists hand. The film must have run short and they added this sequence late in production.
(This post was originally published, in somewhat different form, by Jerry Beck on Cartoon Research in 2006).