Thursday, December 27, 2007

Cartoon Burials

I have been in Cleveland for the last week, and have been lazy as hell. Nothing much to report on. I am taking a short break from Parasite's Delight. I should be back to animating by January 4th, at which I will be back at the Pratt studios in Brooklyn.

In the meantime, I have started watching a couple of (so-called) cartoon burials. First off is Private Snafu, a series of instructional films made by Warner Bros. during World War II. Although they were never meant for general audiences, I find them to be very impressive. And they are quite funny too (in a sick and offensive way). They are currently available as special features on the recent Looney Tunes Golden Collections (since volume 3).

The one below is entitled "Spies," and I consider it to be a perfect introduction to the series. I believe this one is directed by Chuck Jones, although I can't be too sure. I say that because I know Theodore "Dr. Seuss" Geisel wrote most of these, and worked closely with Jones. The one I really want to post is called "Rumors," but I can't find a good copy of it, and I don't like the YouTube version.

I am also struggling to watch the 1972 made-for-TV film Yogi's Ark Lark. So far, I have only seen the first 12 minutes of the 43 minute film, but I can certainly vouch for its mediocrity. But, in saying that, I can not deny that I have a soft spot these Hanna Barbera all-star shows, and watching them is something of a guilty pleasure. It's still better than the mushy Smurfs or Snorks.

I have another schizophrenic post coming up soon.


Eric Noble said...

I love the "Private SNAFU" cartoons. My favorites are "Here Comes SNAFU" for its bawdy musical number with appropriate striptease; the second is "Spies " because of its terrific rhyming and wonderful cartooning, and the last is "Booby Traps" and that's because it's simply hilarious. What else do you expect from Bob Clampett? Also, I like those HB All Stars specials. I remember one with Yogi Bear flying the Spruce Goose, as well "The Good, The Bad, and Huckleberry Hound". You have some kickass stuff here on your blog.

Emmett said...

I haven't seen "Here Comes Snafu." Is that on one of the Golden collections, because I don't want to see it on YouTube first.
I've never heard of the Yogi Bear and the Spruce Goose movie. I'll have to look into that one further.
Thanks for checking my blog out, Weirdo.

Eric Noble said...

No problem. You've got cool stuff here. Anyway, the cartoon is actually called "Coming SNAFU" and it's on the fifth Golden Collection. This cartoon introduces Snafu. Sorry about the confusion. Thanks for checking out my blog and the wonderful comment you left. have you checked out my Bakshi film reviews?

P.S., Is your animation school a good one? Would you recommend it for anyone?

Emmett said...

Wierdo, I have checked out your Bakshi reviews. I'm very impressed, and agree with a lot of them, especially HEAVY TRAFFIC, which I like very much. I wrote a post about Bakshi back in September.
I go to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. The animation program there is only seven years old, but I think it is improving tremendously. It's a very focused environment, yet you are right near a hot-bed of independent animation. And best of all, the school has no house-style, like other schools. Anything can come out of it.