Michael Lah

8 Oct

Here’s a reel I put together of Michael Lah’s animation for Tex Avery at MGM. Lah is one of my absolute favorite animators. Funny as hell in most every scene he animated.


15 Responses to “Michael Lah”

  1. WIL BRANCA October 8, 2009 at 11:46 am #

    Great reel, Kevin!

    So like… does that guy draw on a Cintique directly into Flash, or what?


  2. Chris Sig October 8, 2009 at 12:57 pm #

    A fantastic reel for, frankly, a fantastic animator. I just adore Lah's crazy running cycles! πŸ˜€

  3. Josh 'Hat' Lieberman October 8, 2009 at 9:40 pm #

    This is awesome man
    Lah is my favorite animator of all time. The scene he animated in Droopy's Good Deed where spike swallows the cigar and salutes, is one of my favorite pieces of animation ever. It is pretty similar to the clip you posted from Good Deed, but theres something bout that salute that cracks me up.

    I had a question, do you know if the stuff he did for Tom and Jerry was done after his time on the avery unit? Or during? Did he go back and forth?
    And how did that stuff work back in the day, in terms of animators jumping units? Was it the animators choice? Directors? Or did some crews just need help?

  4. dwestburg October 10, 2009 at 1:44 pm #

    I never realized he animated so many classic bits of animation for MGM. Thanks for posting.

  5. Kevin Langley October 10, 2009 at 2:36 pm #

    Josh, if i remember correctly Bill Hanna wrote in his biography that they would loan guys to Tex's unit and vice versa depending on the work at the time.

  6. Josh 'Hat' Lieberman October 11, 2009 at 5:09 am #

    Hey Kevin

    Thanks man. Lookin forward to more posts on Avery's unit.

  7. David Sloss October 14, 2009 at 1:32 am #

    That is fantastic! Thanks so much for posting this! I there anyway you could post the original quicktime .mov file for downloading–the quality on dailymotion makes it hard to see what is going on and impossible to step through.

  8. Weirdo October 19, 2009 at 5:38 pm #

    Fantastic reel. Michael Lah was a great animator. He gave the characters lots of personality, but also made them hilarious. Thanks for posting it. Are we going to see more reels of Tex Avery's animators.

  9. Yowp October 20, 2009 at 1:21 pm #

    It's sad watching this and then thinking of the crude stuff he did for TV.

    I'm looking forward to your Clinton reel. I just did a short piece on him on the blog. I really like his design work.


  10. Keunemeun October 23, 2009 at 4:40 pm #

    great video of a legendary animator! Keep 'em coming!

  11. Rick Roberts October 25, 2009 at 6:13 pm #

    Slightly OT Kevin but last night I watched The Westerner with Gary Cooper and Walter Brennan as “Judge” Roy Bean. If the cinematic incarnation of Bean was anything like the genuine article, and from what I read he might be, then I understand Tex Avery's Grandma calling him “no good skunk”. I am sure you knew this but Avery was a descendent of Bean.

  12. J. J. Hunsecker October 26, 2009 at 5:45 am #


    I hope you do more of these. They are a real education! Hopefully, you'll get to all the MGM animators eventually.

  13. Kasey November 13, 2009 at 3:06 am #

    Probaly my favorite of the three (though I wish it could've been four. Too bad Bobe Cannon left after only two or three shorts).
    My own personal favorite animation crew has got to be Friz Freleng's crew from 1955-61 (Ross, Davis and Chiniquy).

  14. Jeff Spatz November 14, 2009 at 12:25 am #

    hahaha, sick post man. Lah is the shiznit. added your site to my links!

  15. ryan March 6, 2010 at 10:30 pm #

    AWESOME reel man! Perfect ending with Droopy. The scene with the possum hand puppet was AMAZING.

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