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Some cartoons just make you laugh out loud! Any more, it takes a lot to make me laugh, but Tex Avery’s “Doggone Tired” forces me to put aside my routine anxieties and actually LOL! Even some Looney Tunes cartoons would sometimes rehash old gags that we’ve seen time and time again. But, this MGM Studios cartoon is fresh, as Tex Avery’s cartoons usually were.

The story revolves around a hunting dog, who has to get up in the morning to go out and hunt down a rabbit. The rabbit knows this, and tries to keep him awake any way he can. The visual gags are hilarious. I died laughing as the rabbit jumped up on the bed and honked his nose, rattled his teeth, played his tongue like a guitar, etc. The dynamite gags were hilarious as well. I particularly like the ironic gag at the end that leaves us with a *bang!*

I would watch a lot more television if cartoons were like the ones by the masters of storytelling Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, Dave and Max Fleischer, and all the rest who were pioneers of the art form.

Drama Shows from Years Ago

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Watch Betty Boop Cartoon - She Wronged Him RightThe Betty Boop world was a world of enthusiasm. “She Wronged Him Right” really displays the world as viewed through an innocent girl’s eyes, as played out in a staged production, where Betty plays the lead role. Set on Betty Boop’s farm, the main villain, “Heeza Rat,” grabs her and tries to force her to become his wife all because she doesn’t pay her mortgage payments.

And, then there’s Fearless Fred. At first, he looks to be directly from the TV show, Beverly Hills: 90210. But, as his character plays out, he ends up saving the day after Betty gets into a compromising situation with Heeza Rat.

All in all, this is a very stylized Boop Cartoon, and it reminds me of what it was like to be a kid, seeing things as being “black and white,” a time that we would all like to return to sometimes. That is what makes “She Wronged Him Right” a gem that has stuck with us for almost 75 years!

Watch Betty Boop in “She Wronged Him Right”

"Toon" Into the Chi Within

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Watch Popeye Cartoons Online on ToonJet!Where does the hidden power lie within the cartoon masterpieces of yesteryear? Is it in the funny animation? Is it in the voice talent? No one will ever know, but one thing is for sure: all of the cartoon greats had a rival of some kind. Bugs had Yosemite Sam, Marvin the Martian, and a slew of others. Foghorn Leghorn had the floppy-eared dog, Tweety had Sylvester, Jerry had Tom. And, Popeye had Bluto. And, that is what brought to our subject today.

Bluto is a rip-off artist, as can be seen in the 1957 Popeye toon, “Spree Lunch.” I love the guy, but… Okay, so I only like the fact that there is someone for Popeye to compete with and make him totally shine because the other guy just ends up looking like a goon because he’s ripping off something Popeye is doing.

This is one of the magical things about the classic toons from that era: the odds can always be overcome, no matter how against you they are. It is inspiration for us all, because though Bluto is bigger than Popeye, and has a big bushy beard that is supposed to make him more attractive (than a moldy turnip, maybe), Popeye uses his skill for survival to keep picking himself back up and trying again and again until he finally succeeds.

So, the moral of today’s story is: if you’re going to be big and dopey, at least have original ideas! :D

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Elmer, the Survivor

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Elmer Fudd. Just the name strikes fear into the hearts of rabbits. At least, I’m sure there’s some rabbit out there that is scared of him. Not Bugs Bunny, though. In “Elmer’s Candid Camera,” Elmer Fudd is out trying to snap a nature shot of Bugs, but Bugs has lots of fun at Elmer’s expense, of course.

Elmer tries to move along to shoot other animals and birds, but Bugs doesn’t leave him alone. I won’t give away the ending, but Bugs guilts Elmer as usual. Probably the funniest moment is when Elmer goes a little crazy and starts screaming about “wildwife.” It’s hard to believe Looney Tunes have such a broad appeal after so many years! Not that I’m complaining, though.

How Fleischer's Rotoscope Changed the Face of Animation

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The RotoscopeThe rotoscope: an important part of our history. Okay, so I guess that got your attention, and you’re saying, “what in the blue blazes is a rotoscope?” A rotoscope is a device that originally used a movie projector to project a live-action image onto the back of a frosted glass pane, which allowed an animator to trace over it for more realistic animation.

Fleischer Studios (originally known as “Out of the Inkwell Films"), and other animation studios used the technique of “rotoscoping” a lot during the birth of popular animation. Walt Disney used rotoscoping in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Cinderella (1950), and other animated features that star human characters.

The Fleischers used rotoscoping as early as 1915 for their cartoon series, Out of the Inkwell. Max Fleischer’s brother, Dave actually dressed up in a clown outfit to play as the model for Koko the clown, the star of Out of the Inkwell.

Different studios used rotoscoping for different purposes. Disney originally planned to use it to copy the dance motions of the Marjorie Belcher, a high school student, for Snow Wite, but then decided to bring the realism of their facial expressions into his animation. Walter Lantz, of Woody Woodpecker fame, only used the rotoscope for timing, because humans’ actions are much too accurate to be used for a cartoon animal’s actions.

The rotoscope was met with opposition from a lot of animators, who believed the process stiffened the animation, and could be used as a “crutch” during difficult scenes.

But, some actually exaggerated movements, and even changed the proportions of the original actors, going beyond live action and making the characters’ actions more deliberate and exxagerated.

A Scanner Darkly

The rotoscope was later used to assist in special effects in live action films such as Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, by well-known animator, U.B. Iwerks. Industrial Light and Magic’s rotoscoping department traced certain elements that would otherwise be covered up by special effects, much like cutting and pasting.

Today, rotoscoping is done with computers. “A Scanner Darkly” is one example of a film that takes the technique and applies it digitally to create a surreal but lifelike experience.

Fleischer Studios were probably aware that Max’s invention would be a great tool to be used in animation, but they probably weren’t aware that they were making animation history!

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