Friday, July 11, 2008

Weekend Video - Tex Avery

For a change of pace, one of the most visually inventive cartoons from one of the great masters of animation, Tex Avery. The Shooting of Dan McGoo, made in 1945, is a loose remake of an Elmer Fudd short, Dangerous Dan McFoo that Avery produced at Warner Brothers, but is tighter, funnier, and loaded with sight gags and puns. It's both a pastiche of the Westerns of the period, and a continuous stream of thought taking you seamlessly from one surreal scenario to another.

We’re so firmly planted in the digital world, that without putting down the inventiveness of today's computer animation, it is now so prevalent I had simply forgotten how rich the old hand-drawn style could be.


Anonymous said...

Amazing. Thank you.


Anonymous said...

This is a great reminder. Thanks.

That whole musical number was also done in Swing Shift Cinderella:

And in Red Hot Riding Hood (1943):

But even earlier than that, 1939, the same dance scenes in Little Rural Riding Hood:

Must have been one of his favourite scenes.