Thursday, March 29, 2007

Bill Tytla - Terrytoons - cartoony animation

Here's a Terrytoon inspired by Chuck Jones' "Dover Boys". This fun animation is by the great and versatile Bill Tytla.

















I actually like this even better than some of his more famous Disney animation. It's less overworked and not meant to be competing with live action. The poses are very cartoony.




CLICK HERE TO WATCH CLIP!

More on Tytla:
http://www.animationarchive.org/2007/02/filmography-tytla-and-terry-jekyll-and.html

http://www.animationarchive.org/2006/12/biography-bill-tytla-part-one.html

15 comments:

Robert Hume said...

WOW I love that last pose! Great frame shots!

Josh Lieberman said...

wow
absolutly brilliant. taht second expression is so funny

Jeff Read said...

I love this guy. You can tell a lot about his personality from his face and posture. He reminds me a bit of the Nintendo character Waluigi.

That leads me to think that just about all of the videogame characters people remember (Mario, Sonic, etc.) were designed by world-class designers who drew upon the principles of the old animators; and that good design transcends mediums, and even when you are working with a limited 8-bit pixel display, good design doesn't become less necessary but more. Mario became as iconic as Mickey Mouse because he was designed like Mickey Mouse. (And Sonic is a recolor of Felix the Cat with spiky hair and sneakers.)

Nowadays videogame players are treated to awful character designs like Crash Bandicoot, Lara Croft, etc. And people wonder why they pine for the good ole days of 8-bit, and don't connect with the stuff emitted today. They balk when Nintendo makes a cartoony Zelda which is fun to look at and play, and so now we have angsty emo Zelda.

abwinegar said...

I like that character. I can see the Line of Action in the poses.

And, Those hands! Wow! I'm going to work harder on hands.

Thanks John.

William said...

Astonishing! he has a similar structure to one of my characters, only this is astonishing and brilliant and dynamic, and mine is not. Life is study! Great post.

Kris said...

Even without knowing the rest of the context, that clip is hilarious. The movement and poses are just so funny!

katzenjammer studios said...

How's this inspired by the Dover Boys? The character design? The animation is sure more full than the Dover boys. I didn't see a single smear (but I guess you wouldn't see good smear drawings).

Jesse Oliver said...

Those Terrytoon drawings look cool!

Thad K said...

Hey John,

I was told by a few people that John Gentilella animated the nephew in "Champion of Justice". That would've been some of his last animation for Terry as his first Popeye animation at Famous showed up later that year.

JohnK said...

thanks Thad,

that whole sequence seems to have been animated by a few different animators. I wondered who some of them were.

Mad Taylor said...

These poses are really cool. I love the sqash on the ceiling.

PCUnfunny said...

Great animation. No way this could ever be written out and done as properly.

Kris said...

Great blog, I love re-living these old toons. They just don't make them like these anymore. I can't stand what comes on saturday mornings anymore, they all remind me of flash cartoons. no joke.

Vanoni! said...

That buildup with the hands is so weird.

I love it.


- Corbett

pwassink said...

did anyone catch the little fuck up by the cameraman on this shot?

when Tytla's develish character lands, his feet should align with the bench, instead, for 4 frames the camera is still panning and his weirdly flat foot hangs somewhere in mid-air.

only when the camera is at the final position do feet and bench line up correctly again.
surely this is not how Tyltla ment it to look, it deflates the impact of the landing.