The mark of a great cartoon director is how he handles all the elements of filmmaking available to him- design, color, movement, backgrounds, timing, music, sound effects, voices, etc. The cartoon director who most fully exploited the medium during the golden age of animation was Bob Clampett. Read more about this cartoon after the jump...
Bob loved visiting the jazz clubs in Los Angeles and wanted to make cartoon soundtracks using black jazz musicians and performers. Warner Bros resisted, but finally allowed him to use black voice actors, but still required him to use the Warner Bros orchestra for the music. Even so, the spirit of classic jazz and swing still came through loud and clear.
This cartoon reuses a premise from "Porky in Wackyland" (1938), but takes it a step further. I have to admit I love this cartoon a lot. I bet you will too. If you don't know much about Fats Waller (the little guy in this cartoon is a parody of him), check out his music on the net. He is a drop dead genius.
Here are a couple of links to info on Bob Clampett at the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive...
Recently a team of marine scientists were piloting a submersible when they had a super-rare encounter with a Deepstaria jellyfish. It starts off looking like a ghost and then turns inside out and spreads out into a crazy translucent film. It’s gorgeous and eerie to watch, but make sure you turn the sound up — […]
The “Vader Down” crossover event in Marvel’s 2015 Star Wars comics featured an absurdly-overpowered Darth Vader contending with seemingly the entire rebel force, as well as a cyborg rival for Palpatine’s favor. John Stratman created this two-part 16-bit animated adaptation that does a great job of squeezing in all the highlights and slapstick moments: (Via […]
Studies have shown cannabidiol (more popularly known as CBD) to be effective in two main areas: Pain relief and stress relief. Both of those make the non-psychoactive, cannabis-derived compound a natural for topical creams. There’s no shortage of CBD products out there, but here’s eight of our favorites, all specifically designed for dermatological use – […]
If you’re part of the maker community, you know Make:. Though Make: magazine is off the shelves as of this year, the eBooks and resources put out by Maker Media are still a fantastic resource for the new generation of tinkerers, hackers, and robotics geeks. If you’re in that tribe, listen up: they’ve released a […]
Life isn’t getting any less hectic, and pressure cookers are a quick, healthy solution for a growing number of kitchens. But if you thought your Instant Pot was versatile, there’s a major upgrade on the market: The Yedi 9-in-1 Total Package Instant Programmable Pressure Cooker. If you’ve somehow never used a pressure cooker before, try […]