Today, from animation archivist Steve Stanchfield’s secret stash, an exclusive rarity. For years, Paul Terry’s Terrytoons have been off the air and unavailable for any to see. For decades before that, the cartoons were stripped of their original theatrical titles (above, right) and labeled with a bland TV title and goofy calliope music (above, left).
Stanchfield has obtained a rare 35mm print of Terry’s tenth theatrical sound cartoon, Hungarian Goulash (1930), preserved it to digital and has allowed us to share. For years bad TV dupes of these early cartoons have shaded our opinions of this period of Terry’s output. Now, with a crisp image and a clear soundtrack, a better picture emerges – literally!
What you will see here is a film loaded with charm, funny drawings and sharp synchronization (something some other studios were still struggling with at the time). Below the film is its rare animation draft, telling us who animated on what scene. This is a great way to study the style of individual animators at this turning point in animation history.
Terrytoon historian Charlie Judkins provided this animators draft for Hungarian Goulash (below). Much here to take note of: Future Disney effects animator Cy Young created the titles; Much animation is by company partner Frank Moser (who receives credit above Terry in the titles), additional animation is by Jerry Shields, Art Babbit, Tom Bonfiglio, Charles Sarka; and a few shots are animated by Paul Terry himself.
The first year of Terrytoons were cartoons all based around food titles – Swiss Cheese taking place in Switzerland, Hawaiian Pineapple is set in Hawaii – Hungarian Goulash combines the Hungarian Rhapsody with gypsy antics. Throw in some mice and a mechanical horse and you have a Terrytoon. Here are some trade ads promoting the first two years of Terrytoons: