What a Gulli-Bull. What a Nin-Cow-Poop.
I woke up this morning with the entire Looney Tunes cartoon, "Bully for Bugs" (1953) playing in my head. Probably because last night my son was being extra space-invasive and "Stop steaming up my tail!" is our running joke when one of us needs the other to back up a few spaces.
It reminded me of a slideshow I put up a couple of years ago about studio cartoons, so I'm taking the opportunity to recycle it and add a few things.
But watch this first:
Best Animated Shorts*
My sister and I first became acquainted with the different personalities of the major Hollywood studios by studying cartoons on television. In our house, the Warner Bros. cartoon was king, followed distantly by MGM for the great music and their acquisition (from Warner Bros.) of Tex Avery, but never for Tom & Jerry. In a pinch we'd go for the Fleischer Popeyes (Paramount) or Gulliver's Travels whenever it was on — and only then for its Rotoscoping. Then maybe the Technicolor Popeyes, which were watchable if the only other available choices were Woody Woodpecker (Universal) or some Terrytoons crap from 20th Century Fox.
For many years, my cartoon prejudices kept me from truly appreciating the greatness of Fox or admitting the meanness of the Warners. To think that I might have missed out on many a Noir classic on account of Mighty Mouse. Still, no matter how you slice it, Heckle and Jeckle is one stupid-ass cartoon and to this day I'll drop everything to watch a Looney Tunes or Merrie Melodies short made in the mid- to late 1940s.
*Originally posted on the original Mildred's Fatburger site, 2/24/2011
I hate to do all three of these fabulous films in one post, but I fear that if I don't do it now, the memory of Saturday's stupendous afternoon program at Noir City 12 will fade completely. One of the reasons I love San Francisco so much is that on an unseasonably warm and sunny winter's day about 1000 people chose to sit in a dark Castro Theatre for six hours to watch a bunch of beautifully lit, but murky post-war films of crime and passion set in Mexico.
Personally, I had never seen anything like the two Mexican films in the program, and I am itching -- and I mean itching -- to get my hands on more.
I'll do just about anything a movie tells me to do. Unless it tells me wrong...
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