Sunday, January 27, 2013

Fruity Cowboy

Porky Pig, after getting clobbered by a fruit basket in "Porky Chops" (Warner Bros., Arthur Davis, 1949).

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Caught With Their Pants Down

"Rocko's Modern Life" was very close in spirit to classic pre-1970's cartoons, but had the edginess of its 1990's time period. In the 1993 episode "Bedfellows", Rocko's pal Heffer, a steer raised by wolves, goes to live with him after a fight with his adoptive family. Mr. Wolf reconsiders and goes to apologize to Heffer...and when he enters Rocko's house, this is the scene he is greeted with. This was a kid's show. Right?

Adolf Hit By Tomato

The first cartoon animation legend Tex Avery directed for the MGM studio was "Blitz Wolf" (1942), a World War II sendup of the 3 Little Pigs fable. The Adolf Hitler wolf breaks the 4th wall and addresses the audience (an Avery trademark), and is promptly pelted by said "audience" with a rotten tomato.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Wile E. Coyote and Road Rash

Ouch! This frame goes by in the blink of an feel it, but you don't see the wonderful, wincing expression. That's some killer road rash. Wile E. Coyote on a pair of out-of-control rocket skates, from "Beep Beep!" (Warner Bros., Chuck Jones, 1952).

Boom Goes the Dynamite

From "Jerry's Cousin" (MGM, Hanna and Barbera, 1951). Jerry's tough-guy cousin, Muscles Mouse, demonstrates what happens when a firecracker goes off in Tom's mouth.

Geriatric Strangulation

From "The Old Grey Hare" (Warner Bros., Bob Clampett, 1944). Awesome expression, most likely animated by the insane Rod Scribner.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Dynamite, Pants, Panther

In "Dial P for Pink" (Depatie-Freleng, 1965, dir. Friz Freleng),  a burglar tries to open a safe. Little does he know that the Pink Panther has taken up residence inside the safe. The burglar drills a hole in it and throws a stick of dynamite inside in an attempt to blow it open, but the Panther returns it...this way.