Monday, June 28, 2010

Andy Panda - "Dog Tax Dodgers"

I've been on a bit of an Andy Panda kick lately, so here's another Dick Lundy directed cartoon. There's some great animation by Fred Moore and Pat Matthews in this one. I've posted clips of Moore's and Matthews' animation at half speed. Matthew's scene has some great subtle timing that I found to be really effective. When Wally Walrus starts to yell at him watch Andy's reaction. It's like Wally's words are hitting him right in the face. What an underrated animator. The more I watch the last of the Lantz cartoons before he closed the studio the more I wish that he was able to keep the studio going and retain some of the great talent he had started to accumulate. People like Matthews and LaVerne Harding really developed into strong animators over the years at Lantz. Matthews in particular developed a stand out style that really got watered down during some of the cartoons he worked on later at UPA. (Sorry if the quality of the slow motion videos is crappy.)

Fred Moore

Pat Matthews

Thursday, June 24, 2010

UPA - "Family Circus"

Art Babbit directed and animated this 1951 UPA short. I'm not sure what to think of it. I don't dislike it but it's certainly not that great of a cartoon. I looks like a John Sutherland industrial film to me. Not that that's entirely a bad thing. The animation is good but the character designs and layouts are very conservative compared to what UPA was doing at the time. Sorry for the crappy copy but it's all I have and I haven't seen this one anywhere online so I thought I'd share.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Andy Panda - "Playful Pelican"

I posted this model sheet from Dick Lundy's "Playful Pelican" but never the cartoon and since I was just watching it the other day why not repost it with the cartoon.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Dan Gormley - New Funnies

I've been spending time drooling over Dan Gormley's art in some New Funnies comics lately. I know next to nothing about Gormley so I have very little info to share about the artist.