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"Bacall to Arms" (1946) Taken out of context, this pose looks very odd. In context... it's still very odd.  

Lucked out got the set on E Bay for $50.00. Still completely blown away by the sophistication of this stuff both the animation and the story lines talk about super talent and hard work. Amazing !!!

"The Bear's Tale" (1940) So "estimated reading time" was a thing even back in 1940? The US wasn't in the war yet so it's not a war-time efficiency measure...  

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1 hour ago, fae_alba said:

Ok how about this....shadowing on the sign letters has the sun to the left, but the shadowing on the gate and pillars has the sun coming from the right.

Yeah, someone must have been copying letters off a sample font sheet without thinking how drop shadows worked. 🤔

There's another one in there.

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2 minutes ago, largento said:

The gate is attached on both sides, but there's no division between it. (It can't open.) Still, it could just be ornamentation above the actual entrance.

I've wondered about that. The attachments to the pillars are so slight to be hinges that I figure it really is just an ornamental span.

 

There is a more glaring problem remaining, however. 😀

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4 minutes ago, itsjustme said:

It doesn't look like the palm tree has a shadow?

Hmmm. If the light is coming from the upper right (as lighting on the stone pillars suggests) you might not need a shadow from the tree.

What I'm looking at is a clear human mistake and awkward quick fix.

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2 hours ago, Wildsided said:

If it's a good picture isn't centered properly? 

Ding Ding Ding Ding!

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You are correct!

 

It looks like someone totally forgot the "IF" and then just tacked it on the side to shoot the scene. 😀

I guess with water colors, repainting the whole line would not work?

I remember just barely noticing it when I saw that cartoon on TV, back in the 80s maybe.

But I wasn't sure if i had seen it or not and I never saw it again until I got this DVD set.

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scenes from un-aired pilot for a TV series starring William Schallert and trouble-making cartoon character named "Philbert."

This was primarily a project of Friz Freleng.

Live action directed by Richard Donner, later of "The Omen," "Superman" and "Lethal Weapon" fame.

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"The Aristo-Cat" (1943) is famous for the backgrounds by John McGrew.  So flat that the stairs don't have steps except for the cat's feet telling you where they are.

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The "Bugs Bunny - Roadrunner Hour" on Saturday mornings would have been rather different if they had included the WWII cartoons...

"Scrap happy Daffy" (1943)

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On one of the commentary tracks the difference between Sylvester's and Daffy Duck's voice is brought up.

It is not that "Daffy" is Mel Blanc's "Sylvester" voice sped up, although that much is true.

The real difference, according to Mel Blanc, is that Sylvester is Gentile and Daffy is Jewish. In Mel Blanc's mind, Daffy was a Jewish comedian, a vaudevillian.

 

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On 6/9/2020 at 10:42 PM, robcat2075 said:

On one of the commentary tracks the difference between Sylvester's and Daffy Duck's voice is brought up.

It is not that "Daffy" is Mel Blanc's "Sylvester" voice sped up, although that much is true.

The real difference, according to Mel Blanc, is that Sylvester is Gentile and Daffy is Jewish. In Mel Blanc's mind, Daffy was a Jewish comedian, a vaudevillian.

 

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When learning about layout I remember my teachers saying to be cautious about how background objects lineup with characters heads,
here it looks like the animators lined up Daffy intentionally under that tree... it adds to the humour.

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"The Bear's Tale" (1940)

So "estimated reading time" was a thing even back in 1940? The US wasn't in the war yet so it's not a war-time efficiency measure...

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"Super Snooper" (1951)

Booze, guns and cigarettes. Just what you need to make sure this cartoon is never seen on Saturday morning.

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The skylight in the back is a classic device of the film noir style. It's not easy doing film noir... in Technicolor!

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Rich lady hippo has a quadruple continental kit on the back of her Duesenberg.

She'll need those spares, she's got patches on all four tires already!

"One MoreTime" (1931)
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"One More Time" (1931) is a Mickey Mouse cartoon after a transporter mishap. It looks like Mickey, it moves like Mickey but... something is not quite right in this universe.

Machine guns, rap battles, and lots of toe-tapping big-city jazz.

Also... "One More Time" sure sounds a lot like "42nd Street".

 

 

 

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In "Satan's Waitin'" (1953,) Hell for cats is like one of the visions of Fatima, a fiery pit of snarling, snapping, bulldog demons.

I don't think this one ever made it to the Bugs Bunny-Road Runner Funtime Hour on Saturday morning.

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This cartoon must have been filmed in my house.

It has the mice, it has the obsolete "post and tube" wiring, and it has the boards just barely held together by a nail driven through a corner.

"Yankee Dood It" (1956)
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There must have been a fear in the 1950s that Americans weren't understanding the blessings of capitalism.

"Yankee Dood It" (1956) is one-half cat-and-mouse cartoon, one-half shoemaker-and-elves, and one-half lecture on productivity and market competition.

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This and two other like-minded WB cartoons were financed by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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