Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Timing/melody 2

there is 3 seconds of music - right up to where Bugs crashes into the wall


then it switches to dialogue only
but even the dialogue is totally rhythmic as it almost always is in Bob's cartoons.









Where did Bugs' head go?

http://www.cartoonthrills.org/blog/Clampett/43Tortoise/doityToitlesml.mov


21 comments:

Andrés Sanhueza said...

The link of the video is broken.

litlgrey said...

Ooh! You found a very telling animation error! Only a frame by frame analysis would have revealed that - I'm sure it's never visible to the eye otherwise.

JohnK said...

Whoops!Sorry.

Try the link again.
Thanks!


John

MLP said...

Where did Bugs' head go?Inside the turtle shell -- reinforcing the other rabbits' belief that Bugs is a turtle even as he screams that he is a rabbit.

Mitch K said...

Great post! The voices of the rabbits remind me of the old-timers you'd find at a curling club.

(ppsst! You linked to the wrong clip!)

lastangelman said...

I noticed the disappearing head over forty years ago when I first saw this cartoon. My little kid intuition reasoned that Bugs withdrew his head into the shell - jus' like a toitl' - RABBIT! - TOITL'! - RABBIT!! - TOITL'!! - RABBITTTTT!!!!

JohnK said...

Aaargh!

OK, I put the new clip in.


Sorry I'm such a retard.

Kali Fontecchio said...

"Sorry I'm such a retard."

You're forgiven, haha.

Avi den Kanashimi said...

Ah it's okay Mr. K~

everyone makes mistakes :D.

And I guess I was wrong about him going through the wall, that happens when you have a painted tunnel XD.

Hmm, so that's why all those bugs bunny cartoons are so addicting to watch, the music must have some sort of hypnotic waves that draws everyone that loves cartoons to love bugs bunny too.

I wonder if we reversed the audio in this, what would we hear XD.

Also, with the 12th picture/frame posted; the expression made me laugh so hard XD.

And yes, I agree with everyone's comments on how Bug's head went back in the shell like a turtle would :3. But hey, anything to not get hit with the mallet right?

Zoran Taylor said...

I can't wait for the next post, 'cause I think the very next bit is one of Clampett's finest moments. The animation and voice work of Bugs ripping off his armor and screaming "I'M THE RABBIT!!! I'M THE RABBIT!!!" might just be the exact moment where Scribner (his scene, right? It HAS to be!) officially and permanently earned the title of Greatest Animator Ever.

Rudy Tenebre said...

Act'chally, this still-frame analysis is quite terrifying! If you've ever survived or witnessed a boot-party at a hardcore show, or seen three skinheads stomp a hescher for merely flipping tha boid. But that dates me, don't it.

Thomas said...

The WB writers and Clampett probably picked up and developed the idea of rhythmic dialogue from watching 30's screwball comedies.

In Bugs' running cycle, its interesting how the back foot goes out of frame, when its stretched all the way back. If it was in frame, and just floating in air, it probably wouldn't work.

Niki said...

I remember this one sooooo well. I really loved this one when I was little. Hey Mr.John, how come they took Looney toons off basic cable?

Zane Asylum said...

If somebody was pounding me on the head with a mallet that big, I would make my noggin disappear too!

David Germain said...

This is indeed one of my favourite scenes from Tortoise Wins By a Hare, whether it's timed to music or not. I love that rabbit's pounding motion with the mallet. I also love how he manages to pound Bugs in the face just once and yet it doesn't affect him at all. I wonder if that was deliberate on Clampett's part or did Smokey just forget to add the animation of Bugs tucking his head into his shell just that one time.

Either way, I love it.

Payo said...

Isn't or wasn't there a group suicide by a single bullet finish to this cartoon? Kind of like the Russian bloodhound offing himself at the end of Hare Ribbin'?

Rick Roberts said...

Payo: Yep.

Tony said...

You have to give to Mel for the voice work in this cartoon. It's so lively!

NateBear said...

Bugs' head is in the shell. He's actively hiding from the mallet thwaks.

The pacing is so fast they don't bother making a frame of just the tip peaking. I've noticed that before with Clampett catoons. The animator will take 'shortcuts' that don't make sense frame-to-frame but amidst speedy action the jumps just make it punchier.

Rick Roberts said...

This post made me watch some Clampett cartoons like Buckaroo Bugs and Hare Ribbin'. Mel Blanc's preformances were without a doubt always the most energetic when he was under Clampett. Tortise Beats Hare is Bugs definetly at his most fusterated and Mel is just oozing with emotion, you really feel his fusteration.

Then look at Rabbit Rampage in comparison, Bugs' emotions are very dull. He is too quiet, he only gets mildly upset,and remains straight faced the whole time. He should be furious with wite hot rage that some animator is screwing with him but he's just seemed only mildly annoyed.

smbhax said...

You caught some great stills here: the hat on the foreground character flying up into the air on the first mallet hit, and then the elongated mallet striking down again. Nice to see these little details caught in the act!