Archive for the ‘Animation’ Category

The Tuba Tooter

April 20, 2019

“The Tuba Tooter,” a Van Beuren Studios cartoon featuring Tom & Jerry, 1932. Directed by John Foster and George Stallings. To prevent confusion with the better-known MGM cartoon cat and mouse, the main characters’ names were later changed to Dick and Larry.

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Ants in the Plants

April 13, 2019

“Ants in the Plants,” a  Fleischer Studios cartoon, 1940. Directed by Dave Fleischer, written by George Manuell, and animated by Myron Waldman and George Moreno. Music by Sammy Timberg.

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The Office Boy

April 6, 2019

“The Office Boy,”  directed by Harry Bailey and John Foster, an “Aesop’s Fable” cartoon by Van Beuren Studio, 1930. Music by Ted Fio Rito. Featuring Milton Mouse & Rita Mouse, remarkably similar to Mickey and Minnie. Disney successfully sued Van Beuren for infringement.

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Circus Capers

March 30, 2019

“Circus Capers,” directed by Harry Bailey and John Foster, an “Aesop’s Fable” cartoon by Van Beuren Studio, 1930. Music by Ted Fio Rito. Featuring Milton Mouse & Rita Mouse, remarkably similar to Mickey and Minnie. Disney successfully sued Van Beuren for infringement.

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She Done Him Right

March 16, 2019

“She Done Him Right,” featuring Pooch the Pup and directed by Walter Lantz, 1933. Animation: Manuel Moreno, Lester Kline, Fred Kopietz, George Grandpre, and Ernest Smyth. Music by James Dietrich. Features “Minnie the Moocher’s Wedding Day,” a tune by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler. The cartoon is a parody of the Mae West-Cary Grant film “She Done Him Wrong.”

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Tomorrow We Diet!

March 9, 2019

“Tomorrow We Diet!”, 1951. A Disney cartoon featuring Goofy as “George G. Geef.” Directed by Jack Kinney; written by Dick Kinney and Milt Schaffer. Animators: John SibleyEdwin AardalHarvey ToombsHugh Fraser. Music by Joseph S. Dubin. Voice actors: Pinto Colvig, Bob Jackman.

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Five and Dime

February 23, 2019

“Five and Dime,” featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, with cameos by Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, and Jimmy Durante, 1933. Directed by Walter Lantz; Story by Walter Lantz and Bill Nolan. Animation by Ray AbramsFred Avery, Cecil SurryJack CarrErnest Smythe. Music by James Dietrich. Oswald is probably voiced by Berneice Edna Hansell. The cartoon showcases the 1931 song “I Found a Million Dollar Baby (in a Five and Ten Cent Store)”, written by Harry Warren with lyrics by Mort Dixon and Billy Rose.

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Flora

February 16, 2019

“Flora,” a 1948 Columbia Screen Gems Color Rhapsody cartoon, directed by Alex Lovy and written by Cal Howard and Dave Monahan. Animation by Grant Simmons, Paul Sommer, Chic Otterstrom, and Jay Sarbry. Music by Darrell Calker. Voiced by Gerald Mohr, the poor man’s Bogart.

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Mad Hatter

February 9, 2019

“Mad Hatter,” a Color Rhapsody cartoon produced by Charles Mintz for Columbia, 1940. Directed by Sid Marcus. Animated By Art Davis and Herb Rothwill, and written by Dave Monahan, with music by Joe De Nat. Voiced by Mel Blanc and John Wald.

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The Kangaroo Kid

February 2, 2019

“The Kangaroo Kid,” a 1938 production by Charles Mintz for Columbia Pictures’ Color Rhapsody series. Written by Jack Miller; directed by Ben Harrison; animated by Manny Gould. Music by Joe De Nat.

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