Here's a scene that's typical of what happened at Filmation's cartoon studio all the time.
I had just read the script for "Disco Droopy" and someone tipped me off on where the scriptwriter was hiding out.
I chased him down and began to deliver God's justice upon him I beat him within an inch of his cheap life
I felt the foul meat of his face tear off on my fists
in a flash my older wiser supervisor stopped me in my murderous rage
His knuckles connected with my skull and loosened my enraged flesh
When my brains stopped rattling, I woke up to have the harsh modern world explained to me in the coldest meanest wordsI felt the nastiness of reality ooze over me like fish vomit coating a fresh babe
reality sunk in slowly; it produced a last rebellious and futile spasmic outcrythis is what artists face every day of their lives in the terrible icy world of animation scripts.
The scene starts out with the evil writer's whimper.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH AN ARTIST SMACK A WRITER GOON
How about the dialogue in that scene?! When you have great words to say and really good actors to say them, and great direction, you can get intense performances like these!
I've seen these same actors in movies with lesser scripts and they can't do as much with them, despite their obvious talent.
Compare that dialogue with the kind of dialogue animators today get to work with:
What can you do with this kind of dialogue??? Only what Robert Ryan did.
Try reading the lines out loud and see if you don't turn beet red.
Now you could spend 30 bucks and learn how to write dialogue like this:
Or, you can read my articles on writing cartoons for free and aim for something like this:
CLICK HERE TO SEE REN THREATENING STIMPY AND SVEN
By the way,Evan Oliver did this great restoration of that Sven Hoek clip. That is a sequence that Nickelodeon kept cutting up every year until there was almost nothing left of it.
I found a 3/4" tape of the rough cut, made before before Nickelodeon destroyed the master. I cut the missing scenes back in, but they had timecodes on it.
Evan Oliver and David Mackenzie took the finished cut and using digital magic, erased the timecodes:
CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT RESTORING SVEN HOEK