I’m sure you cartoony people are used to answering the question that starts like this: “I heard you know a lot about cartoons. I saw this one cartoon as a child that….”
Generally, I’m guessing, if you’re like me, it’s usually something you’ve seen a million times at this point and know pretty well. The next thing of course is that they want to SEE it again, so of course they’ll ask you for a copy or to guide them on how to find it. Youtube has been a saving grace as a resource point for so many of these now.
I’d love to see YOUR list of what cartoons people ask you about (and that means you too, Jerry – who may get asked this more than anyone…). The PD era of VHS and DVDs means another new generation will be on the hunt for old cartoons- and I don’t mind at all!
Here’s my list:
The Sunshine Makers (Van Beuren, 35). Of course. Why do so many people remember this little film so well? It must be the charm of the story, and the design of the animation. Make sure to tune into Turner Classic Movies on December 7th at Midnight (9pm Pacific Time)… they’ll run this along with others, in great new HD transfers….
Humpty Dumpty (Iwerks, 1935). I think this one is owed to the ending, or perhaps the Spooning in a Spoon song….
Niagara Fools (Lantz 1956). People always remember this gag with the ranger going over the falls in a barrel. Funny enough, someone has made a tribute here, with JUST those scenes!
Smile, Darn Ya, Smile (WB/ Harman/ Ising 1931): I think the cartoon people got the big kick hearing this song in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. I remember thinking back then that most people won’t even think about the original cartoon. Perhaps Fred Ladd cared TOO much about it though.. here’s an industrious person’s side by side comparison!
And the Hippo sound that was reversed- though not sure they’ve managed an accurate version…
So now, what are YOUR most asked?