I’ve always wondered who animated the sequences in The Fresh Lobster (1928). This odd short stars a sadly silent Billy Bletcher, who has a surreal nightmare after snacking too late. Some people have speculated it was done by the Walter Lantz Studio, but that appears to not be the case. At one point I thought it has been figured out that the animation was done back east in New York, but that would seem unlikely. Does anyone know on the list?
This odd short is beautifully produced, with an interesting combination of stills with highly rendered cel animation, dissolves and sometimes difficult compositing and effects that are pulled off quite well. It’s certainly one of the most unusual shorts of the period.
My friend Jeff Missinne lent a print to me for Telecine way back in 1988. A handful of years back we made a better transfer for the Blue Mouse Studio’s ‘Grotesqueries’ DVD. I’m not sure if this uploaded version is from that copy, but it’s a decent one to see:
Here’s another nifty Biilly Bletcher short from 1920, about prohibition, Dry and Thirsty:
….and here is a unique piece of film with Billy Bletcher performing for ‘Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip’
Here is a really fun and excellent compilation (in four parts!) of live action scenes (and lots of animation) with Cartoon voice actors. The second clip has Billy Bletcher in the Our Gang short “The First Round Up” and ”The Lost City”
Have a good week everybody!