Posts Tagged ‘Animation’


Yesterday I was in a bookshop flicking through a book that was recommended to me called The Australian Game of Football. I was only reading through it for about five minutes when I came across a couple of glaring mistakes.

The first mistake that I found regarded Sam Wells, the cartoonist who worked for the Herald for around thirty years and then spent another 17 at The Age. The book claims that Wells died in 1964 BUT, this cartoon from September 9 1966 proves that he wasn’t. I believe that he actually died in 1967. The problem is that there is currently a website that is reporting the books error as fact.

Unless it was Wells’ ghost drawing all those cartoons from between 1965 and 1967?!

The second mistake I found was regarding Mick Armstrong who was a cartoonist with the Argus for many years. I’m not sure why Armstrong was featured as he was more a political cartoonist as I have only found a mere handful of sports related cartoons by him. The book claimed that Armstrong left the Argus in 1950 to work for the Herald BUT if he did it must have been a very short tenure, as by 1951 he was back at the Argus and his cartoon regarding Footscray’s 1954 premiership was actually from that paper.

The section on cartoonists I found interesting, especially the little bio on Edema of the Sun, whose career was cut short due to his early death.

I am surprised though that the mysterious Angus Mac was not mentioned at all as he produced more football related cartoons in his one year at the Argus than Armstrong did in his entire career. I am now curious as to who is this Angus Mac.

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It’s amazing to think that Wells made these little cartoons twice a week for such a long time. I think he started with the Herald in the early 20s and worked there until 1950 (with the exception of the war years), when he was asked to retire. He then worked at the Age for another 17 years.
This below cartoon shows how the Magpies beat the Tigers to set up a Grand Final showdown with South Melbourne. The full cartoon is below.

He also reviewed the 1935 Grand Final.

And the full cartoon below.


I guess Our Gang/Little Rascals was the 1920s/30s/40s equivalent to the product that is currently shown on the Disney Channel, except a lot less cheesey.

Actually the difference between Our Gang and Disney is that Our Gang all come from working class back grounds/are orphans, whilst all the shows on Disney Channel feature rich, well to do kids.


Here’s a list of the 100 cartoons that I enjoy the most. These are NOT the greatest cartoons ever made, just the ones that I enjoy watching over and over. Other than the top 10 these cartoons aren’t really in a strict order. Hopefully I will later go through each cartoon and describe why I like it so much… or maybe I’ll just be really lazy again and not do that. I must also specify that I have not seen every cartoon ever made and there are some that I am not that familiar with such as Terrytoons. Perhaps if these were somehow released onto DVD or were more readily available to be viewed then I would have a higher opinion of them.

I also realise that there are no Road Runner, Pepe Le Pew or Foghorn Leghorn cartoons and very few Tweety and Sylvester or Tom and Jerry ones. There is a reason for this. I am not saying that this is correct, just my opinion, but I do find these cartoons to be a bit formulaic and repetitive. Maybe it’s a case of familiarity breeding contempt (whatever that means) as these cartoons were screened endlessly on TV when I was a kid and they are now perhaps a bit too familiar. I still enjoy them, but maybe just in small doses.

I also have to clarify, so it seems, that these are all theatrically released cartoons, not those that were made for TV. This is why there are no Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Rock & Bullwinkle etc cartoons listed. I think that a lot of people don’t realise that cartoons were shown in cinemas before the main feature which means that a Porky Pig cartoon would have been shown prior to one of Warner Bros. gangster films or Woody Woodpecker would have been on the same bill as a Universal horror film. Heck, I’ve even had someone tell me that in 1970 in NYC they played Looney Tunes cartoons before showing Fritz the Cat.

Made for TV cartoons are different to the theatricals  in other ways. From the 1960s or so, most TV cartoons were made exclusively for children and are quite childish as a result. It wasn’t until the arrival of The Simpsons (or just slightly earlier) that TV cartoons became a little bit more mature.

# Film Director Character Studio Year
1 One Froggy Evening Chuck Jones Michigan J Frog Warner Bros. 1955
2 Duck Amuck Chuck Jones Daffy Duck Warner Bros. 1953
3 The Band Concert Wilfred Jackson Mickey Mouse Disney 1935
4 Gerald McBoing-Boing Robert Cannon Gerald McBoing-Boing UPA 1951
5 Little Rural Riding Hood Tex Avery The Country Wolf/ The City Wolf MGM 1949
6 The Great Piggy Bank Robbery Bob Clampett Daffy Duck Warner Bros. 1946
7 Puss n’ Booty Frank Tashlin Rudolph Warner Bros. 1943
8 Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor Dave Fleischer Popeye Fleischer 1936
9 You Ought to Be in Pictures Friz Freleng Daffy Duck & Porky Pig Warner Bros. 1940
10 Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century Chuck Jones Daffy Duck Warner Bros. 1953
11 Red Hot Riding Hood Tex Avery Red Hot Riding Hood/The Wolf MGM 1943
12 The Fox and the Grapes Frank Tashlin The Fox and The Crow Columbia Screen Gems 1941
13 What’s Opera, Doc? Chuck Jones Bugs Bunny Warner Bros. 1957
14 The Ugly Duckling Jack Cutting The Ugly Duckling Disney 1939
15 Rooty Toot Toot John Hubley Frankie & Johnny UPA 1952
16 Tortoise Beats Hare Cecil Tex Avery Bugs Bunny Warner Bros. 1941
17 Ragtime Bear John Hubley Mr Magoo UPA 1949
18 Goonland Dave Fleischer Popeye Fleischer 1937
19 Peace on Earth Hugh Harmon MGM 1939
20 Feed the Kitty Chuck Jones Marc Anthont/Pussyfoot Warner Bros. 1952
21 The Big Snooze Bob Clampett Bugs Bunny/Elmer Fudd Warner Bros. 1946
22 Puss Gets the Boot Bill Hanna & Joe Barbera Tom & Jerry MGM 1940
23 Bimbo’s Initiation Dave Fleischer Bimbo Fleischer 1931
24 Hockey Homicide Jack Kinney Goofy Disney 1945
25 Sh-h-h-h-h-h Tex Avery Walt Lantz 1955
26 Lost and Foundry Dave Fleischer Popeye Fleischer
27 Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs Bob Clampett Coal Black Warner Bros. 1943
28 Ferdinand the Bull Dick Rickard Ferdinand the Bull Disney 1938
29 Minnie the Moocher Dave Fleischer Betty Boop Fleischer 1932
30 Der Fuehrer’s Face Jack Kinney Donald Duck Disney 1941
31 Bad Luck Blackie Tex Avery Bad Luck Blackie MGM 1949
32 The Old Mill Wilfred Jackson Disney 1937
33 A Clean Shaven Man Dave Fleischer Popeye Fleischer 1936
34 The Three Little Pigs Burt Gillett The Three Little Pigs Disney 1933
35 Brave Little Tailor Burt Gillett Mickey Mouse Diseny 1939
36 Snow White Dave Fleischer Betty Boop Fleischer 1933
37 Lonesome Ghosts Burt Gillett Mickey Mouse/Donald Duck/Goofy Disney 1937
38 A Wild Hare Tex Avery Bugs Bunny/Elmer Fudd Warner Bros. 1940
39 Rabbit of Seville Chuck Jones Bugs Bunny/Elmer Fudd Warner Bros. 1950
40 Porky Pig’s Feat Frank Tashlin Daffy Duck & Porky Pig Warner Bros. 1943
41 Symphony in Slang Tex Avery MGM 1951
42 Chow Hound Chuck Jones Warner Bros. 1951
43 Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba’s Forty Thieves Dave Fleischer Popeye Fleischer 1936
44 Thugs with Dirty Mugs Tex Avery Warner Bros. 1939
45 Clock Cleaners Ben Sharpsteen Mickey Mouse/Donald Duck/Goofy Disney 1937
46 Who Killed Who? Tex Avery MGM 1943
47 Brotherly Love Dave Fleischer Popeye Fleischer 1936
48 Donald’s Cousin Gus Jack King Donald Duck Disney 1939
49 Northwest Hounded Police Tex Avery Droopy MGM 1946
50 Giantland Burt Gillett Mickey Mouse Disney 1933
51 Goofy and Wilbur Dick Huemer Goofy Disney 1939
52 Three Little Bops Friz Freleng The Three Little Pigs Warner Bros. 1957
53 Fresh Airedale Chuck Jones Shep, Cat Warner Bros. 1945
54 Daffy Doodles Robert McKimson Daffy Duck/Porky Pig Warner Bros. 1946
55 Tubby the Tuba George Pal Tubby The Tuba Paramount (Puppetoon) 1947
56 Donald’s Crime Jack King Donald Duck Disney 1945
57 Horton Hatches the Egg Bob Clampett Horton The Elephant Warner Bros. 1942
58 From A to Z-Z-Z-Z Chuck Jones Ralph Phillips Warner Bros. 1953
59 King-Size Canary Tex Avery MGM 1947
60 A Bear For Punishment Chuck Jones The Three Bears Warner Bros. 1951
61 Farmyard Symphony Wilfred Jackson Disney 1938
62 Daffy Duck Slept Here Robert McKimson Daffy Duck/Porky Pig Warner Bros. 1948
63 Modern Inventions Jack King Donald Duck Disney 1937
64 Porky in Wackyland Bob Clampett Porky Pig Warner Bros. 1938
65 The Dover Boys Chuck Jones The Dover Boys Warner Bros. 1942
66 I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead You Rascal You Dave Fleischer Betty Boop Fleischer 1932
67 A Gruesome Twosome Bob Clampett Tweety Warner Bros. 1945
68 The Hypo-Chondri-Cat Chuck Jones Claude Cat, Hubie, Bertie Warner Bros. 1950
69 Mickey’s Service Station Ben Sharpsteen Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pete Disney 1935
70 Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid Bob Clampett Bugs Bunny Warner Bros. 1942
71 Me Musical Nephews Tom Johnson Popeye Famous Studios
72 John Henry and the Inky Poo George Pal John Henry Paramount (Puppetoon) 1946
73 Magoo’s Puddle Jumper Pete Burness Mr Magoo UPA 1956
74 The Barber of Seville James Culhane Woody Woodpecker Walter Lantz 1944
75 Tulips Shall Grow George Pal Jan, Janette, Screwball Army Paramount (Puppetoon) 1942
76 Duck! Rabbit! Duck! Chuck Jones Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck/Elmer Fudd Warner Bros. 1953
77 Cartoons Ain’t Human Seymour Kneitel Popeye Famous Studios 1943
78 The Blue Danube Hugh Harmon MGM 1939
79 The Pink Phink Friz Freleng The Pink Panther DePatie Freleng 1964
80 Wynken, Blynken, and Nod Graham Heid Wynken, Blynken, and Nod Disney 1938
81 Baby Bottleneck Bob Clampett Daffy Duck/Porky Pig Warner Bros. 1946
82 The Tell-Tale Heart Ted Parmelee UPA 1953
83 Thru the Mirror David Hand Mickey Mouse Disney 1936
84 The Magic Fluke John Hubley The Fox and The Crow UPA 1949
85 Mickey’s Mechanical Man Wilfred Jackson Mickey Mouse Disney 1933
86 A Dream Walking Dave Fleischer Popeye Fleischer 1934
87 Mickey’s Trailer Ben Sharpsteen Mickey Mouse Disney 1938
88 Little Hiawatha David Hand Little Hiawatha Disney 1937
89 The Old Man of the Mountain Dave Fleischer Betty Boop Fleischer 1933
90 The Paneless Window Washer Dave Fleischer Popeye Fleischer 1937
91 The Little House Wilfred Jackson The Little House Disney 1952
92 A Language All My Own Dave Fleischer Betty Boop Fleischer 1935
93 Pigs Is Pigs Jack Kinney Disney 1954
94 Madeline Robert Cannon UPA 1952
95 Lambert the Sheepish Lion Jack Hannah Lambert the Sheepish Lion Disney 1952
96 The Hungry Goat Dan Gordon Popeye Famous Studios 1943
97 Clash and Carry Jack Hannah Chilly Willy/Wally Walrus Walter Lantz 1961
98 Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B Walter Lantz Walter Lantz 1941
99 Munro Gene Deitch Munro Rembrandt Films 1960
100 Betty Boop M.D. Dave Fleischer Betty Boop, Bimbo, Koko Fleischer 1932

This is an MGM cartoon from 1938 and is the final Bosko cartoon. It;s amazing how much Bosko changed from a decade earlier when he and his creators Rudy Ising and Hugh Harmon were at Warner Bros. and he launched the Looney Tunes. Bosko has become so obscure now that it is relatively unknown that he actually launched two cartoon studios, Warner Bros. and MGM and without Bosko there would have been no Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Tom & Jerry or Droopy. Bosko started as the Talk Ink Kid and was not really an African-American stereotype but a creation of Rudy Ising.

It was not until he came to MGM that he was more identifiable as a black kid.

I really like the Harmon & Ising cartoons of this period and think that the animation is almost on a par with the stuff that Disney was producing at the time. In today’s society the black stereotype is quite unsavory but we must remember that this is a product of its time. I’d love for Warners (who own the MGM cartoons) to release some of the Happy Harmonies onto DVD but I know that this won’t happen as they do not value the MGM cartoons as much as the Looney Tunes that they own. (Sad but true!)


Here is one of George Pal’s fantastic Puppetoons from the late 1940s. I have never seen this one before but that is unsurprising since the rights owner Arnold Lebovitz has released so few of these cartoons onto DVD but is very diligent in getting these taken off Youtube within days of them being uploaded. (So I guess that this will be gone before the end of next week!)

Pal is really the father of stop motion animation and even though Willis O’Brien had been animating for almost two decades before Pal left Europe, he is more remembered only for King Kong and little else. Both O’Brien and Ray Harryhausen worked as animators on Pal’s cartoons throughout the 1940s.

George Pal is perhaps remembered mostly for the live action sci-fi films that he produced in the 1950s and 60s, including War Of The Worlds and The Time Machine.

I like A Date With Duke a lot, especially the great music from Duke Ellington.


I was on Ebay the other day when I came across these interesting postcards.

The various sellers of these things claim that they are from the mid-1920s, although these are kid of raunchy. What I do know is that they are British.

There are a whole heap of these things on Ebay. I’d guess that they are repros of original postcards but I am really curious about them.

They do look pretty good and I may just bid on a few. Still, I would like to find out a little bit more about them.