Having worked with Tim Burton on five previous films prior to The Nightmare Before Christmas, Danny Elfman found this collaboration to be even easier than the rest.
Pondering Ted Eshbaugh’s Technicolor “Wizard of Oz” short, and the interesting history behind its creation.
The earliest cartoon robot man appears in the Van Buren Aesop’s Fable talkie The Iron Man. Here’s a survey of all robot men in the 1930s.
The initial 1930-31 Looney Tunes were doing respectably well in the marketplace, as they continued to plug songs from Warner Bros. various publishing companies.
The Early Bird and the Worm was one of the hardest to find of the Kinex films. It uses combined drawn animation with the stop motion, making this particular short even more unusual.
A favorite turf for early animators was to fill a farm with scads of funny animals. So why not adapt it to include funny animal robots too?
EDITOR: JERRY BECK
Jerry Beck is a writer, animation producer, college professor and author of more than 15 books on animation history. He is a former studio exec with Nickelodeon Movies and Disney, and has written for The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. He has curated cartoons for DVD and blu-ray compilations and has lent his expertise to dozens of bonus documentaries and audio commentaries on such. Beck is currently on the faculty of Cal Arts in Valencia – teaching animation history. More about Jerry Beck [Click Here]