More fun stuff from the studio in-house newsletter: Avery’s Land of the Midnight Fun played at the Warner Hollywood theatre (at the premiere of Warner Bros. feature Elizabeth and Essex – and its subsequent engagement) and got big laughs. Bios this week include then inbetweeners Lloyd Vaughn and Warren Batchelder and painter Helen Cope.
Here’s a bonus – The Little Lion Hunter, mentioned in the next issue (#18) of The Exposure Sheet below – was screened at William K. Everson’s New York City film society “The Huff”, on April 30th 1963. Here are his notes on the cartoon. It’s fascinating to read Everson discussing a cartoon short. He was a revered film historian and professor (at NYU and The New School) who wrote much on all manner of films, particularly horror films, silent films, westerns, serials, etc. – but his opinions on animation are rarely expressed. He comments here, analyzing this cartoon and the Inki series, as well as shedding light on audience opinion back in the 1940s. Also note Everson never mentions Inki’s race. There was no reason back then to do so. In ’63 the depiction of blacks as jungle natives was unfortunately still the norm (even if such cartoon depictions had ceased being made).
This eighteenth edition of The Exposure Sheet also makes note of the arrival of Paul Julian (doing backgrounds for Chuck Jones) and John Arensma (BGs for Freleng) – and contains brief bios for animators Rudy Larriva and Keith Darling, and painters Lois Farlow and Kay Vallejo.
Next Week: More from November 1939