Tuesday, June 05, 2007

ACCENTS Foghorn Leghorn - McKimson - Henery bites dog

Here's a big difference between old cartoons and new ones.



"Walky Talky Hawky" (1946)








Old cartoons had strong accents. The more the animator wanted you to feel something, the bigger he would draw the accent.

Classic animators were direct and to the point. They knew what was important in a scene and used accents to draw your attention to them.

This great big open mouth accent happens just a frame before he bites down. You hardly see it, but you feel it.

The pain is stronger with a good accent and we all know how important pain is in entertainment.

Today's drawn story points are much softer by comparison.

CLICK HERE TO SEE A CHICKEN BITE A DOG!


11 comments:

Sean Worsham said...

YEOWCH!!! I guess networks don't want people to feel the pain, therefore losing all the impact that the cartoon could bring. Darn Psychologists and Censor Monkeys!

John_Fountain said...

The Foghorn Leghorn cartoons were always some of the most laugh-out-loud hilarious.
The simple genuis of Forghorn endlessly tormenting that dog without the slightest bit of remorse never fails to crack me up.
Some humor makes you think to yourself "Hey, that was funny"... these actually make you guffaw.

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Nice post! I especially liked the three grabs where Henry bites the tail!

Josel said...

>YEOWCH!!! I guess networks don't
>want people to feel the pain,

yeah, don't they even censor punches now? like they quickly flash the screen black or something?

Marc K said...

"Here's a big difference between old cartoons and new ones."

I see the old cartoon but I don't see the new one or the difference!

Kali Fontecchio said...

I recall watching this as a wee one and laughing my ass off; it flew straight across the room, fool.

"I especially liked the three grabs where Henry bites the tail!"

I agree with Eddie, nice grabbing and biting.

smackmonkey said...

That's a cool antic mouth and impossible to do with "tweening". I also like the psycho-extreme in the middle of the word "see'd". The topper is the delayed reaction from the dog. Just a moment for the cogs to turn then... "Owwww!"

smackmonkey said...

That's a really cool antic mouth before the bite. Pretty impossible to do with "tweening". I also like the psycho-extreme in the middle of the word "see'd". The topper is the delayed reaction from the dog. A moment for the cogs to turn then..."Owww!"

Okapi Figment William said...

Bites bite.

Bazarov said...

I'm no expert, but I've seen enough of that little character to know he most definitely isn't a chicken, but a Chicken Hawk. It's one of his best lines. I personally like the little guy's attitude. You don't see many cartoons with personalities that get played off one another anymore either. And who can forget all the dialogue and information exchange between Tom & Jerry, and they never spoke a word!

Mr said...

A great example of accents. I love stuff like this. exaggerating shapes creates a fluiditiy that you don't see very often in animation these days, especially in 3D. Bending reality for comic effect is what 2D animation does best.