Monday, 5 September 2011

"Aren't you ashamed of yourself? Roastin' children!"

"It's a weakness."
This cartoon is a weakness of mine: Bewitched Bunny, from 1954. This is probably my favorite post-Phil Monroe Chuck picture. I first saw it edited into "1001 rabbit tales", the worst of the early 1980s anthology films, and have enjoyed it consistently ever since. It's a delightful take on fairytale conventions that will leave you asking "HANSEL?"
This cartoon was made just before the shut down, when Chuck Jones divided his unit, and handed out cartoons to two different groups. Lloyd, Ben and Ken are on this one, while Abe Levitow and Dick Thompson were doing "Stop! Look! And Hasten!".

Animator breakdown:
0:32-2:54 Ben Washam
2:55-4:53 Ken Harris
4:54-5:20 Ben Washam
5:21-6:47 Lloyd Vaughan

The casting in this cartoon is not very complex at all; everyone comes in and does there bit and leaves it for the next guy, excluding Ben's dying sequence. Lloyd Vaughan draws Bugs with his strange eyes again when he talks to the Prince at 5:42.
The backgrounds in this cartoon are ridiculously flat. Maurice Noble was probably making fun of John Hubley's philosophy that animation is a naturally flat medium, and should be executed as such.


RB (Caterwaul Studios) said...

Genius! An absolute favorite. Welcome aboard.

Zartok-35 said...

Thank you, RB. I'm glad you're reading and enjoying the posts!

Liimlsan said...

Richard Williams claims that he tried training himself to animate by tracing off, quote, 'A Ken Harris scene from 'Bewitched Bunny.' Looking on this, I can't see a single one of Ken's scenes that I can picture 'Little Island' era Williams even bothering to trace...none of his stuff leaps out at the young animation student. It's like Stromboli - all the acting is so dense that you can't see the genius beneath it.

I'm guessing it was one of her little cackles...anyone know something about this?

And HAH! CALLED Ben washam animating his death scene.