"Goldimouse and the Three Cats" (1960) Breakdown Thread

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Postby angilbas » Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:05 pm

The Crazy HR wrote:Every one of them. They were inbetweeners in the studio back in early 40s (Halpern is seen in the 1940 WB Christmas reel). Matz was the first one to get promoted. His first credit was on "Three Little Bops" (1957), but I don't think he did any animation in that short. He became a full animator on theatrical shorts in 1961, after Art Davis left, but he was an animator prior to that on "The Bugs Bunny Show" (when Davis was still there). Art Leonardi and Lee Halpern were promoted to animators a short time after Davis left (their first credit was on "The Last Hungry Cat"). I think some of the assistants were promoted to animators later at DFE.


When Tiny Toon Adventures was starting I read that Leonardi joined Warner's in 1957 and was first assigned to McKimson's unit.


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Postby angilbas » Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:08 pm

Nick wrote:The gag where Sylvester freezes after a concussion seemed to be a favourite of Freleng's around this period, was it used before this?



Tweety and the Beanstalk, when Sylvester stands stunned as the approaching giant's footfalls get louder and louder. Quite effective.


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Postby Matt the Y » Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:50 pm

angilbas wrote:When Tiny Toon Adventures was starting I read that Leonardi joined Warner's in 1957 and was first assigned to McKimson's unit.


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That makes sense since Leonardi himself says he used to work on Foghorn Leghorn shorts which Freleng certainly didn't direct. Like a lot of McKimson's staff, Leonardi may have asked to have been transferred to another unit out of discontent for McKimson's directing style (even Tom Ray went from McKimson to Jones) and that's how Leonardi may have gone from McKimson to Freleng.

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Postby Fibber Fox » Wed Mar 09, 2011 11:01 pm

angilbas wrote:When Tiny Toon Adventures was starting I read that Leonardi joined Warner's in 1957 and was first assigned to McKimson's unit.


"I bowled my way into cartooning. My boss at Dell Publishing, Chuck McKimson, was the brother of Bob McKimson, one of the top directors at Warner Bros. along with Friz Freling and Chuck Jones. Bob needed a bowler on his team, and I bowled. When Bob saw me doing little doodles at the bowling alley, he said ‘Hey, I like the way you do those drawings. Why don’t you come work for me?’"
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"First I was in McKimson’s unit. Then Friz Freling asked me to draw in his unit, which didn’t mean any more money, but it was a point of prestige."

http://replay.waybackmachine.org/20010623070543/http://www.apple.com/creative/stories/leonardi/

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Postby Speedy Boris » Mon May 09, 2011 7:50 pm

Fibber Fox wrote:"I bowled my way into cartooning. My boss at Dell Publishing, Chuck McKimson, was the brother of Bob McKimson, one of the top directors at Warner Bros. along with Friz Freling and Chuck Jones. Bob needed a bowler on his team, and I bowled. When Bob saw me doing little doodles at the bowling alley, he said ‘Hey, I like the way you do those drawings. Why don’t you come work for me?’"
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"First I was in McKimson’s unit. Then Friz Freling asked me to draw in his unit, which didn’t mean any more money, but it was a point of prestige."

http://replay.waybackmachine.org/20010623070543/http://www.apple.com/creative/stories/leonardi/

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He also mentioned this in the more recent Animation Guild audio interview. Apparently, one of the Freleng cartoons that Leonardi was an assistant animator on was 1961's "The Rebel Without Claws". He worked on the ship & cannon sequence. The same year, he would be promoted to full animator starting with "The Last Hungry Cat".

But back to Goldimouse. Music used in this cartoon:
* "Me-ow" - Mel Kaufman
* "Would You Like To Take a Walk?" - Harry Warren
* "While Strolling Through the Park One Day" - Ed Haley
* "Brahms's Lullaby" - Johannes Brahms


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