I’m taking a momentary break from thinking about Thunderbean the company since nearly all waking moments have been either teaching or dubbing and sending things.. so, today’s TB Thursday is about things I love in animation — and I’d love to hear what yours are too. There’s a lot of cartoons I really like, but when it comes right down to it, there’s often brilliant *moments* that are especially great. There’s *so many of these that it’s really impossible to make any kind of definitive or accurate list, so instead I thought I’d stick with a 10 that come to mind when thinking about cartoons.
So, in no particular order, some of mine are:
Tortoise Wins by a Hare (1943)
I really love this cartoon in general, but there’s a wonderful little moment near the beginning where Bugs quickly reveals himself to the audience to let us know it’s him in disguise. This never fails to brighten my day and make me laugh with it’s unusual timing and quick action.
(Appears at 2:03)
I love this film for many reasons, but one of my favorite animation moments is a shot that holds an extra frame while Jiminy Cricket is falling into a pool pocket. The extra texture this adds in hilarious, and pretty unusual (I can’t think of another example of this technique to emphasize a fall in any other Disney animation).
(Appears at 1:22)
The Dog Snatcher (1931)
There’s plenty of stange moments in Scrappy cartoons, but several are so odd that they almost deserve an analysis of length to start to understand. In The Dog Snatcher (1931) Scrappy is responsible for killing one of the guard dogs, then pretending to be that dog by wearing its freshly skinned fur and skin as a costume. It’s a funny idea when viewed as cartoony, but it’s hard to find Scrappy lovable when he bears more a resemblance to a serial killer than a lovable little boy. One of my all time favorite cartoons.
(Appears at 3:02)
Betty Boop, MD (1932)
Bimbo breaking into Red Pepper Sam’s “You’re somebody’s Sweetheart Now” has been discussed on one of these Thursdays before, but I can’t help but think of this whole sequence as one of my favorite things in any cartoon, ever, especially the perspective shot of everyone contorting together.
(Appears at 5:05)
Dough Ray Meow (1948)
I love so many things about this cartoon, but I especially love the little mopey walk that Heathcliff does when told to go away in this scene
(Appears just after 1:18)
Going Home (1943)
Bob Cannon’s fun and unusual dance animation is always something I think about when thinking about the Snafu series:
(Appears at 2:57)
Gulliver’s Travels (1939)
The King turning into his most rubbery self seems super out of place in Gulliver, but perfectly appropriate in a Fleischer cartoon.
The Gorilla (1930)
Mickey and Minnie were maybe never more in love than in this cartoon (with possibly the exception of Building a Building). Mickey’s realization that the gorilla has Minnie is funny in ways that only this cartoon could be:
Busy Barber (1932)
I always thought this was one of the most inappropriate of the Lantz Oswald cartoons for lots of reasons, but my favorite moment is when Oswald beats a lion (or what is it?) with the tail he cut off the sleeping creature earlier in the film. As revenge, the tiger eats him, only to be turned inside out by the barber chair. This bad copy appears to be from a VHS transfer I did some 30 years ago— funny how these things still show up!
(Appears at 5:01)
The Helpful Genie (1951)
I especially love the especially mean bulldog’s attempts to scare the cat in this cartoon. Some really fun Jim Tyer scenes throughout the film:
(Appears at 1:51):
There are of course plenty more, but it’s time for me to get back to cleaning up some Noveltoons.
Now, what are some of yours?
Have a good week everyone!