Oswald wanders off in shame to hang himself from the nearest tree and is stopped by none other than Whiteman himself who happens along in his car. Coincidentally, story artist Dan Gordon immortalized the basic concept of the Stone Age series 20 years later, with Joe Barbera, for The Flintstones. A Late Night comedy writer stumbles upon a hilarious, hidden world of corporate entertainment and finds an unexpected connection to his fellow man. This 9-minute cartoon short was directed by David Hand with music by Frank Churchill. October’s “Music Land” would return, re-edited with new music and narration by Professor Owl, as part of the 1959 Walt Disney Studios’ “Disneyland: Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom” cartoon. Certificate: Passed The identified work of the animators comes from a rough storyboard that bears minor differences from the finished cartoon. Graham Place, the second animator credited for this cartoon, shifted around various crews, based on his screen credits at Fleischer. With Pinto Colvig, Paul Whiteman. He searches around and finally brings out a clothes hanger on which is an old dress suit that apparently had been hanging in the closet for years." However, when a sticky situation arises, suddenly bath time seems like a better option. ), (Thanks to Mark Kausler, Frank Young, Bob Jaques, Thad Komorowski and Mark Langer for their help.). When I spoke to Solomon’s daughter, she said her father didn’t talk about animation so she knew very little about his work other than he was known in the neighbourhood as the guy who drew the Popeye cartoons, and that he had worked on Gulliver’s Travels. He was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. As a side note, look to the LITTLE LULU cartoon, BORED OF EDUCATION, there is a Sally Swing cameo in the John Alden sequence. On the Superman series, Place is credited with three different head animators (Orestes Calpini for Bulleteers, Steve Muffati for Showdown, and Myron Waldman for The Mummy Strikes). I worked with Ben Solomon at Topps (your text should read “Topps Chewing Gum Co.” btw- not candy.) 'My Pal Paul' is a well done Oswald cartoon, if unusually dark in places, faring favourably as far as the Lantz Oswald cartoons go.The story is thin and slightly predictable, and the pacing at times could have been tighter.On the other hand, there isn't much wrong with 'My Pal Paul'. It should also be noted that the names “Jake” and “Ozark” are credited in the board, indicating that Jack Ozark worked on the cartoon. I”m King of the jungle! It is a shame as, while not cartoon masterpieces, they are fascinating for anybody wanting to see what very old animation looked like.Not all the Walter Lantz cartoons are bad, 'Hells Heels', 'Permanent Wave' and 'The Hash Shop' for examples are perfect proof of that, but some of them are not good representations of Oswald or Lantz and for historical interest only. Solomon left on October 26, 1945, ending his animation career. (1930). He finds one in the form of a single mother, but complications soon occur. Wilfred Jackson directed. Along with greed, “Be Careful What You Wish For” as the moral of the story can easily be summed up with Midas’ explanation, “My Kingdom for a Hamburger!”  Billy Bletcher voiced the short which was scored by Frank Churchill. A second Academy Award, for the same season of Silly Symphony shorts, was awarded to “Three Orphan Kittens,” for 1935’s Best Animated Short Film. His Famous credits disappear until 1960’s Bouncing Benny for Paramount; he later emerged as an animator for Hal Seeger’s Milton the Monster. I never found ANY of the Miamis actually funny at all!! Walt himself returned to the director’s chair for a 10-minute tale about King Midas. I have used it as an example of some bad animation in the lion when he says “Why aren’t you strong like me? Disney World Opens to Huge Crowds This Morning, Shonda Rhimes Leaves ABC for Netflix Over a Disneyland Ticket, Disney World Guests Wait Over 1 Hour for Disney Transportation, Cast Member Receives Nearly $2,000 After Guest Refused to Tip. This is an example of a poorly directed and badly animated scene. Two volumes of “Walt Disney Treasures” DVD set featured the Silly Symphonies and can still be found online for purchase today (albeit with a bit of digging and deep wallet). In reference to the STONE AGE series, this was Dave’s concept, replacing a SALLY SWING series that was publicized as going forward in 1940. Add the first question. His daughter could be right about losing his job to returning vets, but I have a feeling there is a little more to the story. This 7:48 short cartoon was directed by David Hand and featured music by Frank Churchill. The lion was funny. Inspiring its own comic strip (“The Adventures of Ambrose the Robber”), 1935’s third Silly Symphony followed kitten Ambrose’s dreams of adventure. Oswald is riding on a camel; he defeats an attacking lion, using the camel's humps as cannonballs. Sara Berner, Tommy Bupp, Pinto Colvig, Alyce Ardell and Lillian Randolph lend their voices to the Ben Sharpsteen directed cartoon. He made the transition to Famous Studios. Tribeca and WGA Award winner. The two begin performing music using parts of the car which leads to some highly surrealistic setpieces (dancing tools - a hood ornament that does an Indian dance, etc.) He was laid off from Famous Studios to make room for animators returning from the service, according to his daughter. While the name “Silly Symphony” can describe comic books and children’s books, for purposes of this series, we’ll dive into the animated incarnation of this series of entertainment from Walt Disney. After the release of the studio’s first feature, Gulliver’s Travels, on December 1939, plans began for a second feature, eventually titled Mr. Bug Goes to Town, When the rights from Maurice Materlinck’s “The Life of a Bee” couldn’t be secured, an original story loosely based on the source material was developed. For instance, the Popeye series ran out of steam when Popeye evolved into a comic foil in very routine situations (I’ll Never Crow Again and Flies Ain’t Human, in particular). Famous Studios had no “problems” due to this issue, especially since the transition was seamless. If you've binged every available episode of the hit Disney Plus series, then we've got three picks to keep you entertained. The Fleischer studio’s productivity might’ve taken a slight increase during this period, but the spontaneity of their cartoons, so fundamental to their vividness/appeal, would evaporate during their time in Miami. It’s difficult to become invested in its two particularly obnoxious, one-note characters, so the film’s climax and cynical end gag only seem too fitting. I contacted the cousin via email but she never replied. Stay “tooned” for part seven (the cartoons of 1936) in ITM’s series on this wonderful animation gold mine known as the Silly Symphonies. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Looking at this cartoon and the others, Paramount wasn’t wrong to force the Superman series on the studio, based on what they were replacing. There are added sequences, noted in the draft by tiny panels above or between the initial drawings (i.e. Broken toys, including a few celebrity look-a-likes,  are given a most touching fresh start in this 8-minute Silly Symphony. Dedicated To Classic Cartoons: Past, Present & Future, Hanna-Barbera’s “Cattanooga Cats” & “The Impossibles”. © 2005–2020 JAK Schmidt, Inc. All rights reserved. In His Own Words: Chuck Jones on Warner Bros. The Fleischer Studio in its waning days did get the hang of infusing West Coast-style gags and pacing into the Popeye series, aided by the forced requirement to speed up the pacing that the World War II-themed stories forced into the series. Oswald the Rabbit puts on a concert for a group of barn animals - but when they discover that he's miming to a record of his idol, Paul Whiteman - they boo and shun him. sc. The problem being that Donald/Frank Duck addresses the wild man as “Goofy” at the end? ITM now consists of multiple writers living near both Disneyland and Walt Disney World theme parks and around the world. For instance, scenes 22-23 (the gag with the skunk) don’t appear in the cartoon at all, and the lion’s introduction occurred earlier in the board. Taken in from the cold weather, a trio of tiny kittens find adventure as they explore their new home. I’ve always liked the lion’s little jungle jingle he sings to himself as he walks around. They predate Disney’s foray into full length animated feature films by eight years. This rare and whimsical cartoon was used to promote THE KING OF JAZZ and makes reference to same. Source and images: Wikipedia, IMDb, YouTube, Photographer, Writer, Actor. My Pal Paul Use the HTML below. He should have been the main character, not the hunter. Vagabear, Despite Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and his cartoons being popular and well received at the time, they have been vastly overshadowed over time by succeeding animation characters. As Fleischer’s early ’40s output goes, not too bad. American Pre-Code color film starring Paul Whiteman and his Jazz orchestra. With Mr. Bug in production, the Fleischer studio experimented with several new animated series that were necessary in order to keep the studio afloat. When Shamus’ book came out I showed it to Ben. Slicker, Disney-esque drawing and animation marked an improvement in draftsmanship, but the studio’s former tendency for clever gags only flourished in spots, instead of their unconstrained execution in the earlier work. (voice) (uncredited), Paul Whiteman Oswald the Rabbit puts on a concert for a group of barn animals - but when they discover that he's miming to a record of his idol, Paul Whiteman - they boo and shun him. His humor tickled the funny bone and touched the heart. As par the course, the cartoons had a predilection towards technology using primitive materials. Directed by Walter Lantz. Later, he and fellow Famous artist Woody Gelman opened an art studio, contracting work from the Topps Candy Company. Required fields are marked *. But I never got the impression that Ben assisted him. During that time, moonlighted on “funny animal” comics for such companies as American Comics Group (“Giggle” and “Ha-Ha”) and Hillman Periodicals (“Punch & Judy”). The series lasted for a dozen cartoons, all throughout 1940. Frank Endres did an outstanding job on the lion. This particular cartoon was considered a disappointment to the degree that Walt actually forbade employees to discuss the release. Place became a ‘head animator’ starting with the ’43 Famous releases up until the ’47 cartoons, handling wonderful entries such as Happy Birthdaze, Cilly Goose and The Stupidstitious Cat. He transitioned to animator in October 1936, but it is speculated that Solomon served as an assistant, since Shamus Culhane claimed him as his subordinate on Gulliver’s Travels. (Her mom had worked in the I&P dept. For this sixth “season” (1935) of Silly Symphony animated fun, Walt Disney returned to direct (“The Golden Touch”). Some become the butt of mischievous but playful gags during the 8-minute movie. Pinto Colvig cause of death: Colvig passed on of lung malignant growth on October 3, 1967, in Woodland Hills, California, at age 75. and someone in the family – I don’t recall who – had cels from the feature) His daughter also told me of a video recording her cousin shot of Solomon where she (the cousin) got Ben to talk about his career in animation. I thought Disney did a better “Frank Buck” parody (which coincidently also had Pinto Coving) with, “Frank Duck Brings ‘Em Back Alive”, although that has one lack of continuity at the end (in dialogue only though). However they’re spun, Silly Symphonies represent some of the best examples of Disney ingenuity. Your email address will not be published. An agent must search for a new personality to replace a popular singer who refuses to renew his radio contract. Pinto Colvig was the quintessential clown whose own identity was always hidden but whose innate warm-hearted character always came through his many talents. Oswald the Rabbit puts on a concert for a group of barn animals - but when they discover that he's miming to a record of his idol, Paul Whiteman - they boo and shun him.

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