Wednesday, October 13, 2010

McKimson's Direction Toolbox

I always liked the way this sequence flowed, so I thought I'd see how it was directed by analyzing it. It turns out to be different than how I expected.

I'll give you my thoughts later.

10 comments:

Luis María Benítez said...

What was the title of this one?

Roberto Severino said...

I think I've seen "The Foghorn Leghorn" a hundred times over, and I've never noticed all those funny takes in that one scene before. I love all that fluid motion and funny drawings in only a few seconds. The camera angle towards the end was also a really nice touch to the cartoon.

Do you recommend this cartoon for study by the way? Those takes look pretty tricky to draw.

EalaDubh said...

Yikes, I hope that frame is an in-between because that pose seems quite amazingly forced - a fluid and supple storyboard sketch that's been traced over until the guts is gone. The line of action is still present, but there's no real weight on top of it.

EalaDubh said...

In fact, the line of action is precisely what's wrong with it. Cover Foghorn's lower body, tilt your head, and you can mentally picture him standing vertically straight up with his arms outstretched. Do the same with his top half, and he's standing on tiptoe with the other foot raised, all following another perfectly straight line. The complete figure isn't one LoA at all, but two joined at an angle.

Rooniman said...

"What was the title of this one?"

I think it's called "The Foghorn Leghorn."

Mckimson's toolbox of direction is an interesting one.

Juz Capes said...

Cannot wait...

The looney Tunes cartoons that really get me laughing are these foghorn ones and the 'Three Bears' Chuck Jones cartoons. The angry dad bear is brutally funny.

Dubious Duck said...

Quite unusual for Mckimson. Usually his cartoons seem to be as toned down as Freleng's.

HemlockMan said...

One thing--and I've probably said this too many times--that I like about that episode is that everyone in it is a big-mouthed lout. When I was a kid I thought those characters were the funniest, and I was right. Even the baby chicken-hawk was a big-mouthed lout. It's the story of a battle of bullies. Each of them is, in his own way, an asshole and a bully. It was just like the playground at school, which is probably why I liked it subconsciously as an eight-year-old kid. (That's how old I was when I saw it the first time.)

Luis María Benítez said...

OK, thanks Rooniman.

cptbavo said...

it's a nice sequence, but i wouldn't say its as skillfully drawn as chuck, tex, or clampett.

i'm personally not that big of a fan of feghorn leghorn cartoons in particular, and even more particular bob mckimson as a director... anyone want to prove me wrong?

watching it in slow motion does lead me to believe he is better than i think, but i always remember from my childhood the cartoons i never wanted to watch, and as i watch them as an adult they seem to all be bob mckimson. his stories tend to be more lame, and just his boarding seems to be very ordinary.