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Another holiday eye-glazer from Sid Marcus. Who knows what my post at Christmas will be…
Written by Thad
November 23rd, 2011 at 11:25 am
Posted in classic animation
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A better choice for Thanksgiving would have been Holiday for Drumsticks, directed by Art Davis.
By the way, the arms on the Indian hunter are inconsistent from scene to scene. Sometimes they are really skinny. Do you know which animator was responsible for the skinny armed Indian?
25 Nov 11 at 8:15 pm
Well, there are lots of better choices, but there’s only one WTF Columbia™ choice.
I love the way it just repeats the same opening as Kongo Roo, where the ethnic character rides into the scene, talks to the audience, rides a little farther and talks some more. And, in typical Columbia fashion, the ending makes no sense.
Who was animating at Columbia then? Chic Osterstrom? Roy Jenkins? I’m guessing Grant Simmons was gone by then.
28 Nov 11 at 6:11 am
Have to say I really I was so won over by the flatulent little Chief and his arms, I barely paid attention to the rest. The Moose were swell, too.
As for Thanksgiving thematics, which is the one, (wretch that I am for not knowing) where Daffy and ‘Tom turkey’ undergo a rigorous exercise and diet regimen for ‘Tom’, and by the end Daffy, coaching and fattening on the sideline, ends up being shipped off to the oven for a Thanksgiving dinner of duck…?
“I keep a’light’n the matches, an’ he keeps ‘a blowin’ ‘em out!”
The ridiculous design of the “thin” ‘Tom’ stays with me always. So great.
29 Nov 11 at 8:36 am
The Daffy is the one Mr. Colangelo mentioned – Holiday for Drumsticks.
1 Dec 11 at 3:50 pm
Columbia cartoons always seem like they just fell to earth, complete and fully formed. I can’t even imagine what their story department was like. After all,somebody had to write it and storyboard it and lay it out, you’d think there would be some point in the early planning stages where someone would say, “hold it, none of this is making any sense”. I always feel bad for the animators and the background artists, who always do a first rate job, but the end result always seems confused and half baked. The pacing is always weak, too—did Columbia have a different chain of command system than Warners and MGM? because it doesn’t really seem like the director is in charge.
1 Dec 11 at 7:01 pm
Thanks, Thad. Hope you’re well.
2 Dec 11 at 11:16 am
At the risk of starting a rumor (or a revelation), I just recognized the voice of the turkey as being that of Larry Fine, which would make sense since he was a Columbia employee at the time, being that the studio was the distributor of The Three Stooges shorts.
3 Dec 11 at 7:07 pm
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