Today we take another look at the work of the very wonderful Mister Bill Littlejohn. Always humorous, always expressive, the easy-going look of his animation often masked his enormous technical abilities.
One of my favorite memories of Bill was the time we got to talking about Leo Salkin’s animated version of the Brooks and Reiner “2000 Year Old Man” routines. It was some fifteen years earlier that Bill had done animation for the film, but he remembered it well. He acted out one of the scenes, and it looked exactly the way he animated it. It was pretty funny, but it also showed what a good memory he had.
One of the reasons I admire Bill Littlejohn is that he can take something like a man lecturing you about linoleum, and produce some engaging animation anyways. Bill probably could’ve gotten away with doing less thinking here, but that just isn’t how he did things. Announcer Frank Simms does the rhythmic voice over.
Maypo – Strongman
The circus runs away to join Marky Maypo’s dad. Directed by John Hubley.
Two spots made in 1956 for the ’56 Ford. Designed by Chris Jenkyns. Voices by Daws Butler with grumblings by Billy Bletcher. From Playhouse Pictures.
Old Pro – Teetering Rock
Another one from Playhouse Pictures. Eddie Mayhoff is The Old Pro. 1957.
Cheerios – Diving
Bullwinkle actually wears more clothing when he goes swimming. Bill Scott is Bullwinkle as usual. From Jay Ward Productions.
Cap’n Crunch – Robinson Crusoe
Very early Cap’n Crunch spot also from Jay Ward Productions. Featuring the voices of Daws Butler, June Foray and Bill Scott. Shep Menkin is Mr. Crusoe.
Carol Burnett Show
Two early openings for the long running Carol Burnett Show. I love how the first one works out of the CBS color logo.