Friday, July 17, 2009

Toby Tortoise 2 - Cartoony Disney - Butt Jokes

One of the things I like about this style of animation is how direct it is.
Unlike some Disney animation, the story actions aren't buried under a mountain of extraneous secondary animation principles - like too much squash and stretch, too much non-stop action, too much overlap etc.
You can see all these poses clearly and each pose and action carries us through the story without distraction.



Not every part of the character is moving an equal amount, so we know what we are supposed to be looking at.
In some "full-animation" the characters never stop moving and each part of the body moves as much as the rest at all times. Toby Tortoise stands out as a very direct cartoony Disney cartoon. Maybe it was an experiment, who knows?
A lot of the actions are funny in themselves. They aren't moving just for the sake of being "full-animation" or to show off the budget.






















http://www.cartoonthrills.org/blog/Dis/36/TobyTortoise/3fight2AssWhupping.mov

18 comments:

Pete Emslie said...

Just so your readers aren't confused by a couple of the labels at the bottom of this post:

Jenny Wren casts a most impressive "silhouette".

Toby Tortoise is checking out the "negative space" within her neckline.

I hope that explains things better....

Niki said...

I really like Toby's ending situation.

baldin said...

I like how everything's so tight in this cartoon, like the bunny chicks or the paramedics, and so well-drawn, but at the same time very crazy and inventive...

Great stuff!

nktoons said...

The thing that I love about your blog John, is the imagery and animation you bring up from the past. I have a vague memory of watching this cartoon when I was a boy. It is a shame that the networks censor and no longer show any classic Warner Bros on television.
Thank You for referencing these clips, you bring to light the humor and joy that I glimpsed looong ago. It's hella cool finding these clips on the net, to enjoy once more!
BTW I believe the people have spoken with there searches. A post on Family Guy and Invader Zim is in order.

Iritscen said...

Love the expression on Toby at the very end, although it's probably just a fleeting transitional frame on the way to another expression.

This is a great cartoon. And it makes me miss fluid animation so badly. Why did full motion animation become so unsustainable as a business practice in the industry? Was it all due to the dropping of the tradition of the theatrical short?

Jack G. said...

I've seen this cartoon before but don't recall it being this cartoony. Great poses too!

ther1 said...

I think I'll watch this cartoon. You've been a trustworthy guide to the world of animation.

About Zim-I used to be a huge fan, but after going onto this site I realized that the cartoon didn't follow the principles of animation that the masters used, or even that work. The guy who made it is well-known for being an asshole, and it shows in the stories. When barf is the most vividly colored substance on screen you need to watch a different cartoon.

Trevor Thompson said...

Hey John,

are you a fan of any of the Goofy cartoons?

Rick Roberts said...

ROFL Toby likes tits. XD

patrick said...

this is becoming one of my favorite cartoons

Pete Emslie said...

Rick - You're right, Toby's got an eye for the ladies! And I'll bet Jenny Wren is equally a fan of Toby's mantra of "Slow and steady..."

Pilsner Panther said...

I never expected to see anything as suggestive as this "Mae West" bird's heaving bosom in a Disney cartoon!

The real Mae was kind of a "cartoony" screen presence herself. I saw "She Done Him Wrong" recently, and her acting is so exaggerated and over-the-top that this cartoon caricature of her is actually pretty close to the real thing... not that much of a caricature.

Ross Irving said...

Holy cow, something from Disney that I actually like. Seriously, I don't think the characters could have been drawn better. If only Disney cartoons could have continued to go in the direction this cartoon suggested. Thanks for putting this up, John.

Pilsner Panther said...

The real live Mae West is now available in the "Special Requests" section of Pilsner's Picks.

Since the cartoon version of Miss West makes a specific reference to this song, here's the original... from 1933.

The band behind her on the record sounds a lot like Duke Ellington's, but I can't prove it.

Just click on my icon picture and follow the convoluted trail of internet breadcrumbs to get to the song.

Fans of cartoon music from the early 30's might also enjoy "Hot Peanuts," which isn't a cartoon soundtrack. But it sounds like one, especially the music of the Fleischer "Talkartoons" of the period.

SquirrelyWrath said...

Turtle is so staring at that ladies cleavage.

sunny kharbanda said...

This is great, John! The animation is very controlled, very clear, and definitely entertaining, but there's no fancy "extra" stuff going on.

I love the move where the hare gives him a butt-punch, then swooping through with the second punch to his belly. Great spacing and timing there, in the moments between the punches.

It's refreshing to see a Disney cartoon where the gags haven't been sterilized in the process of development.

Oliver_A said...

"Toby Tortoise Returns" is on the Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies DVD set. It also has a predecessor, "The Tortoise and the Hare", which obviously served as an inspiration for Avery's "Tortoise Beats Hare" and Clampett's "Tortoise Wins by A Hare".

Thinking about it, especially after watching the whole Silly Symphonies DVD set, "Toby Tortoise Returns" is quite an anomaly. It's fun, pure cartoon entertainment compared to most of the rest, which are either technical demonstrations and/or corny morale tales derived from European fairy tales.

Any yet, will it stop people from saying you generally hate Disney cartoons? ;)

ramapith said...

Pete says: "And I'll bet Jenny Wren is equally a fan of Toby's mantra of 'Slow and steady...'"

In the cartoon, she actually says "I like a man who takes his time"! En garde.