Archive for the ‘terrytoons’ Category

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Filmography: Gandy and Sourpuss in Aladdin’s Lamp

Gandy and Sourpuss

>Over at John Kricfalusi’s blog, All Kinds of Stuff, John posted an appreciation Gandy Goose and Sourpuss- the cartoon comedy team that were one of the inspirations for Ren & Stimpy.

I’ve long thought that the Gandy Goose cartoons are underappreciated. They’re funny, well animated and have a great deal of variety. The early ones, in particular "Doomsday", have lavish production values. "Aladdin’s Lamp" is a typical wartime short featuring the duo, and it includes a great jitterbug dance sequence by Carlo Vinci. Vinci’s hand is evident throughout this short.

Gandy and Sourpuss

Gandy and Sourpuss

Gandy and Sourpuss

Gandy and Sourpuss

Gandy and Sourpuss

Gandy and Sourpuss

Gandy and Sourpuss

Gandy and Sourpuss

Gandy Goose & Sourpuss in
Aladdin’s Lamp (Terry/1943)

(Quicktime 7 / 14.5 megs)

Many thanks to John Kricfalusi for donating this great cartoon to our archive.

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Animation.

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Story: Terry-Toons Storyboard by Jim Tyer

Jim Tyer Storyboard

Archive supporter, Wynn Hamonic shared a real treasure with us today. This is a complete storyboard by Terry-Toons’ most unique animator, Jim Tyer. It’s a great batch of drawings. Terry-Toons art is very scarce, and complete storyboards are even scarcer.

Around 1959 Tyer did storyboards for at least three films in the format of Paul Terry’s early Aesop’s Fables cartoons. The first one, “The Tiger King” (1960) was released, the other two were unproduced. This storyboard, titled “Blood is Thicker Than Water” is particularly interesting because it includes both finished panels and roughed out ones. This gives us a chance to examine Tyer’s working process and see how he planned out his compositions. At Terry-Toons, storyboards were done on full sheets of animation paper and attached to the wall by binder clips. You can see Carlo Vinci and Connie Rasinski pitching a board at Terry-Toons in this photo…

Terry Production Process

It appears that Tyer swept through the board quickly with blue pencil first, roughing in the basic compositions and poses. Then he (or his assistant) went back and began to tighten up the drawings in black pencil over the top of his roughs.

Jim Tyer Storyboard

The cartoon was evidently designed for fairly limited animation. It would even have worked well as an animatic in the style of the earliest Crusader Rabbit cartoons. The story is told primarily in voice over narration- see the breakdown of the VO script at the top. Tyer’s amazing expressions and fun designs make the whole thing work beautifully.

I’d like to thank Wynn Hamonic for giving Animation Resources the opportunity to digitize this important piece of Terry-Toons history for our permanent collection. Enjoy the genius of Jim Tyer!

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Stephen Worth
Animation Resources

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This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Animation.

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Design: Terry-Toons’ Temperamental Lion

Today, we digitized some great Terrytoons model sheets that Carlo Vinci’s family loaned to us…

Terrytoons Model Sheet
Terrytoons Model Sheet
Terrytoons Model Sheet
Terrytoons Model Sheet
Terrytoons Model Sheet

This one is particularly interesting to me…

Terrytoons Model Sheet

…because it’s from one of the very best Terrytoons of the time, "The Temperamental Lion". Connie Rasinski created the goofy Bert Lahr lion character as the "King of the Jungle" for the classic cartoon "Doomsday" (1938) as well as "The Nutty Network" (1939). The model was adapted a bit in the late 1940s for "The Lyin’ Lion", a film that includes some funny Jim Tyer animation…

Terrytoons Model Sheet

…but the character was never better animated than he was by Carlo Vinci in this short… Check out his great scene of the lion singing!

Terrytoons Temperamental Lion
Terrytoons Temperamental Lion
Terrytoons Temperamental Lion
Terrytoons Temperamental Lion
Terrytoons Temperamental Lion
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The Temperamental Lion (Terry/1940)
(Quicktime 7 / 14.5 megs)

Many thanks to the Vinci family for sharing their treasures with us!

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

Animated CartoonsAnimated Cartoons

This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Animation.