Showing posts with label Lantz. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lantz. Show all posts

Monday, October 24, 2011

106 Meatless Tuesday



Title: Meatless Tuesday
Studio: Lantz
Date: 10/25/43 (12/20 in BoxOffice)
Credits:
Direction
James Culhane
Story
Ben Hardaway - Milt Schaffer
Music
Darrell Calker
Animation
Paul Smith - Pat Matthews
Series: (Andy Panda)
Running time (of viewed version): 6:54; 7:54 with Woody Woodpecker Show intro
Commercial DVD Availability: WWCE6 (Woody Woodpecker Columbia House v6)

Synopsis: Andy Panda can't eat meat due to rationing, so he decides to eat a rooster.
























Comments: Walter Lantz's blue eyes match his blue suit in the show opening. Shamus Culhane cartoon. Opens on a text based mailbox stuffed full of additional text. Andy looks a bit like Lionel Barrymore, grumpy and rumpled in the opening looking at his meatless cookbook. Meatless Tuesdays (along with other Wheatless Mondays and other less official things similarly named days) were implemented in World War I. Presumably it was part of WWII rationing, but a quick Google search comes up with better attestations to the WWI practice. Flipping through the book is a real world prop (and again I don't know if it is flipped in real time or as stop motion animation). Incidentally, "meat" in this context id not include fish or chicken. Fast timing on some chase gags; not perfected like the contemporary Tex Avery's, but not too bad. I wonder what makes tiptoeing funny. The rooster is somewhat evil. Gooey Andy. Murderous Andy. Rooster also looks a bit Barrymore at times. Axe neck. Andy is actually willing to kill the rooster when it comes down to it. Perhaps he does after the end title. Strangely unadorned opening title; retitle? It looks stylistically correct for the period tho, just really boring. The Lantz Encyclopedia has this title, and says it was retitled "Chicken Chaser" for tv (and that this was the last appearance of Charlie Chicken, which I didn't even know was a thing; I guess Andy did eat him). Andy has a mostly terrible look in this. Interestign shot of Charlie running into close up followed by axe spinning into closeup.

The last Lantz cartoon for the year, and the last for 5 months if the usually accepted date is correct. But as mentioned above, BoxOffice puts this cartoon as being released On December 20th (See, for example, BoxOffice 1/1/44 page Showmandiser 11
http://www.boxofficemagazine.com/the_vault/issue_page?issue_id=1944-1-1&page_no=145#page_start
or November 11, 1943
http://www.boxofficemagazine.com/the_vault/issue_page?issue_id=1943-11-13&page_no=205#page_start

Blogger was being a real bear about upoading photos when I was putting this up.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

096 Boogie Woogie Man



Title: Boogie Woogie Man (Will Get You If You DOn't Watch Out)
Studio: Lantz
Date: 09/27/43
Credits:
Music and Lyrics
Alberta Nichols & Mann Holiner
Vocals
Lew Mel Morgan Trio
Direction
James Culhane
Story
Ben Hardaway - Milt Schaffer
Music
Darrell Calker
Animation
Verne Harding - - Les Kline
Series: Swing Symphony
Running time (of viewed version): 6:59
Commercial DVD Availability: WWv2d2

Synopsis: Bloodless musical number for ghosts in a ghost town.



















Comments: Open on a sign. Mics with "Boo" and "Yahh" next to each other. Was Booyah a saying then? I'm not sure if the dark ghosts are meant to be black or just shadowed (as opposed to the brown ghosts). Goosepimpled wooden leg is guh. THe spoken/rapped dialogue is all a bad fit. Did they recycle the jitterbug stock footage again?. Spook Jones parody of Spike Jones. This doesn't have very much energy. The party just kinda breaks up and the thing is over.

Monday, August 22, 2011

087 Pass the Biscuits Mirandy



Title: Pass the Biscuits Mirandy
Studio: Lantz
Date: 08/23/43
Credits:
Story
Ben Hardaway
Milt Schaffer
Animation
Paul Smith
Music
Darrel Calker
Song by - Del Porter and Carl Hoefle
Series: Swing Symphony
Running time (of viewed version): 6:42
Commercial DVD Availability: WWv1d2

Synopsis: Hillbillies fight each other, then the axis.

























Comments: Mighty toes. Gunplay. Hillbillys (Bartons and Foys), the white stereotype that fulfilled a similar role to black stereotypes in cartoons. Mirandy looks like Popeye (and Mammy Yokum from Lil Abner, of course). Oh, and Magoo. Biscuits as bullets. In some ways, maybe mostly the theme, it feels like a throwback. Except they team up for the war. I assume the axis caricatures are the only reason this was included on the disc, as it's not that good. "We'll shoot the axis til they're dead." First shot is almost 30 seconds long. An image near the end of that first shot really has a late '70s/early '80s face (HB, I think). Color scheme that fits that time too, with the horrible pink/purple shirt and off green hat. I'm not sure if the two fingers is meant to be shooting Vs (the British finger) or not. Extremely repetitive designs.