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by J Lee
Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:27 am
Forum: The Termite Terrace Trading Post
Topic: HB MGM Unit question
Replies: 20
Views: 18805

The CinemaScope requirements played a part in the look of the H-B cartoons starting to foretell the early TV stuff. But you really have to get to the final handful of releases before you get scenes like Nibbles attempt to get the key in "Robin Hoodwinked" that look distressingly like the made-for-TV...
by J Lee
Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:12 am
Forum: The Termite Terrace Trading Post
Topic: Life With Feathers question
Replies: 6
Views: 1931

It's not the only one. "Rhaposdy Rabbit" was not on it either. I'm guessing not enough room for both of them or they just didn't want too many WB cartoons on it. I think they wanted it well-balenced between WB and MGM. Both of these cartoons I would defintely want on the collection, even though "Rh...
by J Lee
Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:02 am
Forum: The Termite Terrace Trading Post
Topic: What you think about Disney's arty attempts?
Replies: 21
Views: 6303

I agree with most of what you wrote, FleischerFan, but I just wanted to point out that Disney also made comedy cartoons -- in fact the majority of the studio's output was in that genre. When people say they like WB or MGM cartoons over Disney, they are comparing comedy shorts to other comedy shorts...
by J Lee
Sun Oct 16, 2011 7:48 am
Forum: The Termite Terrace Trading Post
Topic: Cartoons Leon Schlesinger Left Before Completion
Replies: 10
Views: 3489

No big mystery about Tashlin or Clampett not getting credit -- from Avery's departure in 1941 on, if you left the studio under less-than-ideal terms (i.e., quitting for another job or getting fired) you lost your on-screen story credit. "The Unruly Hare" and "The Great Piggy Bank Robbery" are the la...
by J Lee
Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:26 pm
Forum: The Termite Terrace Trading Post
Topic: What you think about Disney's arty attempts?
Replies: 21
Views: 6303

A lot of the 1930s cartoons, from Dismey and elsewhere, almost have to be looked at in some ways as "student projects" in the same way as the early Pixar and other CGI shorts, because at times they're as much about figuring out what works and what doesn't as they are about the story and characters. ...
by J Lee
Sat Oct 15, 2011 12:11 pm
Forum: The Termite Terrace Trading Post
Topic: Gabriel Churchkitten
Replies: 13
Views: 3765

Haven't seen it for a long time, but it was a regular part of the NTA-Famous Studios package in the 1960s and 70s, so there's bound to be a print out there somewhere.
by J Lee
Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:20 pm
Forum: The Termite Terrace Trading Post
Topic: Cartoons Leon Schlesinger Left Before Completion
Replies: 10
Views: 3489

Can anyone think of any cartoons released in calendar year 1944 that producer Leon Schlesinger was involved, but had left before they were finished/released? We know deep down Eddie Selzer assumed Schlesinger's position this year in history. The last standard-issue cartoon to bear his credit was "B...
by J Lee
Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:39 am
Forum: The Termite Terrace Trading Post
Topic: Paramount Cartoon Studios' television animation division
Replies: 4
Views: 1853

Also, Paramount made a major reduction in its cartoon staff in 1958, with some going to Terrytoons, while others found work in the new field of animated cartoons for TV (Shamus Culhane also notes in his autobiography that the recession of 1958 forced a number of New York commercial production houses...
by J Lee
Fri Oct 07, 2011 1:11 pm
Forum: The Termite Terrace Trading Post
Topic: HB Voice Actors In Live Action Roles
Replies: 23
Views: 5694

My personal favorite, as far as seeing cartoon voice actors in live-action -- A 1955 episode of The Jack Benny Program. Along with semi-regulars Mel Blanc and Frank Nelson, the episode not only includes Jerry Hausner -- Waldo from the Mr. Magoo series and Blab in the first few Snooper episodes of Th...
by J Lee
Fri Oct 07, 2011 12:47 pm
Forum: The Termite Terrace Trading Post
Topic: HB Voice Actors In Live Action Roles
Replies: 23
Views: 5694

You mean Bea Benadaret? She was also a member of the cast of the radio show "My Favorite Husband" which was the precursor to "I Love Lucy." And on TV, played Blanche Morton on Burns & Allen for eight seasons in the 1950s, before the series' head writer, Paul Henning, cast her first in his two early...

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