It’s a short one today folks… I’m over at Jerry Beck’s house, here in California for the CTN Expo with some of the animation students from the school I teach at, The College for Creative Studies in Detroit.
There has been a great response to The Snowman from last week’s post – so let’s continue on with another pair of obscurities from my Cultoons collections (both available in better quality on Volume 1). Here’s the collected sound works of sports cartoonist-turned-animator Les Elton – at least, the only films we know of by him, produced during the sound era.
Monkey Doodle (1931)
It would be impossible to describe in words Monkey Doodle. It’s one of those things you have to see to believe. This oddest of oddities features unique designs and bizarre, detailed animation. The Thunderbean version of this film was restored using 4 prints from 4 different sources.
The Hobo Hero (1935)
Unlike Monkey Doodle this short is a combination of cartoon ideas mixed with those of a live action comedy short. Elton combines the rotoscoping animation technique (tracing live action frame by frame) with his animation to great effect.