Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Cartoon Grammar - Barnacle Bill (1930)



Here's a follow up to "What is a Cartoon?"

This scene from "Barnacle Bill" is animated by Grim Natwick and has all the elements that make up a real cartoon. They add up to fun!

Funny drawings
Funny Motions
Impossible Gags
Musical timing
Butt Stabs (they are quick!)


http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2006/08/what-is-cartoon.html



COMING NEXT POST!!

17 comments:

Gabriel said...

I haven't watched that one yet. Time to hunt it.

Kali Fontecchio said...

I think it is on this set here.

No matter how hard she tries, that skirt just wants to come up!!!

Clarke (Csnyde) said...

God this is such a great example of what ALL cartoons should aspire to be John.

Even if they only got it HALF right... just imagine the possibilities.

I have a sudden urge to go and watch all of these amazing early Betty Boops and just draw some crazy loose and free-flowing fancy free cartoon goodies right now... If I can only find the Dvd's...

Thanks for todays inspirational boost John.

Dustin said...

I LOVE that cartoon. My favorite animation in that is after he says "I'm old and rough and dirty and tough" and he does that shoulder thing. His facial expression added with that is HILARIOUS.

Shawn said...

I think the funniest cartoon expressions of all time are when the characters sing with big puckered mouths and lips. Like they're giving invisible head. The best ones are from the late 20's/early 30's. The singing mouths in THIS clip are hilarous!

And if the eyes are wal-eyed at the same time...PRICELESS!

Spencer said...

Those are great! How can they draw the mouth like that? Thats hard for me. Thank you John! I loved the "What Is A Cartoon" post. It was very intrusting, although all your posts are.

Shawn said...

Hey, John! I would love to see a Ren and Stimpy cartoon done like a 30's musical/rubber-hose cartoon (with lots and lots of nonsense). You once said that you wanted to try some musical stuff. Is that something you would consider if you get the chance to make more Ren and Stimpy?

fabiopower said...

Another example:
I think that the video clips of Gorillaz, lipsync is very good !

lastangelman said...

Raymond Persi and Matthew Nastuk did a rubber hose type music video for the Sqirrel Nut Zippers, The Ghost Of Stephen Foster. Go to iFilms here to watch this funny amazing clip, great music, too!
http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/939998

Donald S. said...

John,
I know some directors used grease pens and dabbed blank film to match music or to get the timing just right on the gags. What are some other techniques, and which ones did you use for the new Ren and Stimpy?

Rocky Mtn Yeti said...

Hey John, Are there any animated shows out nowadays that you enjoy watching or consider "cartoony"?

JohnK said...

I like old cartoons.

Today's don't do what cartoons are capable of.

jessicaLynn said...

WOW I saw these toys when they were just being startesTHEY LOOK SO NICE and SMOOTH!!!!
Great Sculptures!! I would like one please.

Kali Fontecchio said...

They're faces are so cute!! I can't wait til their done and painted! Your friend is a pretty talented guy, John!

Jesse Oliver said...

"You said it John!"

Some times I have a hard time looking for any drawings by Vincent Waller on Spongebob.

Ever since Vincent started working on Spongebob the drawings and style have gotten more weirder and cooler looking.

chris said...

John, I'd like to know what you think about Turner Broadcasting scouring their collection for images of cartoon smoking.Link to story here.

David Germain said...

The bird's mouth shaped like a triangle means "vagina" right? Oh those wacky Fleischers.