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"I Say, I Say… Son!"

26 Dec

I was finally able to get around to reading Robert McKimson Jr.’s biography of his father, Robert McKimson and uncles Tom and Chuck who all spent time as animators at Warner Bros. Though the text largely focuses on Bob McKimson, for those like me that know next to nothing about Tom or Chuck it is very informative. Starting with Bob and Tom’s beginnings as assistant animators at Walt Disney Studios to their stops at Romer Grey Pictures, Harman-Ising Productions and eventually all three of them working together at Warner Bros.

The foreword was written by John Kricfalusi, of Ren and Stimpy fame, is filled with his usual enthusiasm for Bob McKimson’s animation and directorial work. If you’ve read John’s blog regularly you’ll probably know there’s no bigger champion of McKimson than him. The introduction is delivered by Darrel Van Citters and highlights Bob’s importance to the Warner Bros. cartoons look and characters.

The book as whole mostly highlights Bob’s career as and an animator and director but considering the impact the man had on probably the greatest cartoons studio ever I don’t see that as a bad thing. Bob was a superior draftsman and also animated at a fast pace. Tom’s work with Western Publishing gets it’s own chapter, which is loaded with illustrations. Starting with his time as a freelancer to his ascension to role of art director for all the comic book lines. Chuck also started working with Western Publishing after the Warner Bros. studio closed down.

I mentioned the illustrations, and this book is loaded from cover to cover. All three McKimson’s are well represented with artwork. There’s loads of model sheets, layouts, animation drawings and comic book art. A lot of which I haven’t seen reprinted anywhere else. I haven’t had time to soak it all up, but this is definitely one of the best animation related books out there. A must for Warner Bros. fans!


Colonel Shuffle Model Sheet

17 Jan

Here’s the Colonel Shuffle model sheet from the classic Chuck Jones short “Mississppi Hare”.

"Little Orphan Airedale" Model Sheet

13 Dec

I found this model sheet on my hard drive, don’t know if I scanned it from a book or found it online somewhere. At first I wasn’t sure what Charlie Dog cartoon it was from, I should have recognized the Porky Pig pose from the beginning of “Little Orphan Airedale”. I noticed that Dave Mackey’s site didn’t have the production number listed for the cartoon and that this model sheet had it. “The Foxy Duckling” was production number 1031 and “Airedale”, production number 1032 was released two months later. I’m sure this info is probably known to the hardcore animation geeks but I hadn’t come across it anywhere. Dave’s site is where I usually go for that type of info so I was suprised the number wasn’t there as I assumed this model sheet has been published somewhere before.


20 Feb

Just a couple of random things. A couple of those cool background paintings from the opening of the Mighty Mouse Cartoon “Stop, Look, and Listen”. Plus a clip from “The Scarlet Pumpernickel” where (out of boredom) I sped up Sylvester’s voice to match Daffy’s and slowed down Daffy’s to match Sylvester’s.

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Chuck Jones – "Rocket-bye Baby"

19 Dec

This 1956 Chuck Jones cartoon has some great layouts by Ernest Nordli.

Chuck Jones – "Scent-Imental Over You"

23 Jan

I realized I rarely post anything by Chuck Jones. What’s up with that? Though I don’t find all the Pepe Le Pew shorts to be that great I enjoy “Scent-Imental Over You” mostly for the design of the scrawny little thing below.

Chuck Jones – "Often An Orphan"

25 Sep

This Jones short will be on Volume 6 of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection. I love Charlie Dog, he’s hilariously irritating, like Gilbert Gottfried.