Drunkards Timed To Music

23 Jan

Here’s some clips of drunken cartoon characters timed to music. All four of these Lantz clips were directed by Dick Lundy, one of my absolute favorite directors. I love cartoons that are timed to music but these clips are particularly fun, at least I think they are. I love how they stumble about only to gather themselves or fall or spin right on the beat. I would think this would’ve been a nice challenge for the animators. One of my goals is to animate an entire short set to music, but I’ve got a lot of learning and practice to do before I try my hand at that. Oh, be sure to check out Fred Brunish’s great backgrounds in the “Pixie Picnic” scene. So bright and cheery. I’m working on picking some screen caps for a Fred Brunish post. Enjoy the clips.

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10 Responses to “Drunkards Timed To Music”

  1. Mike Matei January 23, 2007 at 9:17 am #

    i want to have a pixie picnic

  2. Chloe Cumming January 23, 2007 at 8:45 pm #

    Hi Kevin

    This was a particularly excellent and joyous selection.

    I love your blog, it’s all bookmarked and everything.

  3. Joe January 23, 2007 at 10:36 pm #

    Now that’s what I call the real Happy Feet!

  4. Kevin Langley January 24, 2007 at 3:17 am #

    Thanks Chloe, I was hoping someone would like these as much as I do.

    Hey Joey, that could have easily been me waking you up when I was stumbling in at 5 in the morning all the time as a teenager 🙂 Talk to ya soon.

  5. Thad K January 26, 2007 at 6:45 pm #

    The drunk in “Bandmaster” was by Pat Matthews, as was the cycle of penguins in “Sliphorn King of Polaroo” (the piece before it with the polar bear was Emery).

    That piece from “Musical Moments from Chopin” was horrible though! Grim Natwick did that scene and everything looks about 2 seconds off.

  6. Kevin Langley January 28, 2007 at 4:07 am #

    Thanks for the IDs Thad. I have to say, Pat Matthews is my favorite animator right now and Hawkins is a close second.

    As for Natwick’s scene, I’m not really fond of his Lantz animation, this is better than some of the other stuff though. Despite the off timing.

  7. ryan January 29, 2007 at 1:42 am #

    dude, excellent clips. very funny too! what amazing animation. isn’t it upsetting that there will most likely never be a comprehensive Lantz DVD collection? it makes me sad

  8. Kevin Langley January 29, 2007 at 1:53 am #

    Hey Ryan, actually there’s a thread over on GAC that links to a Jerry Beck interview where he said he’s convinced them to release a Woody Woodpecker and Friends set. 75 cartoons uncut and restored. Jerry’s supposed to be picking the cartoons. It’s due to come out in July of this year. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for all of Culhane’s Swing Symphonies. Oh and Oswald the Rabbit too.

  9. Colin Giles January 29, 2007 at 1:59 am #

    Awesome stuff. great blog!

  10. Kevin Langley January 29, 2007 at 3:20 am #

    Thanks Colin, I’ve been enjoying yours for sometime also.

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