Friday, June 15, 2012

CLEAN SHAVEN MAN CLOSE UPS

I love these detailed faces they did in Fleischer cartoons in the 30s.
These are from 1936.
The cartoon credits Seymour Kneitel and Roland Crandall as animators.
I'm not sure who did this scene but it's Jim dandy.

This set below is full of animation genius. It's a must for every serious funny cartoonist.

Popeye the Sailor: 1933-1938, Vol. 1

25 comments:

bkm said...

Did you know that Jack Kirby of Marvel fame worked on this short?

Roberto Severino said...

Notice the funny teeth on Bluto. That's probably the thing that stands out the most about these framegrabs. I wish you could find funnier teeth in modern cartoons, but teeth are so overlooked as something to be made fun of.

J Lee said...

The 1935-36 Popeyes, especially from the Seymour Kneitel unit, use an amazing amount of lines to detail the faces of the characters in close-up (Willard Bowsky's and Dave Tendlar's units went a little less heavy on the lines to indicate facial creases or individual hairs, which 'cutened up' the characters a bit and pretty much became the default designs we remember for the mid-30s Fleischer Popeyes).

Curt Rivadeneira said...

I love Popeye's hand. It's so meaty!

kurtwil said...

Yup, great poses from some of the most unique animated cartoons ever made! A pity the Fleischer color Popeye shorts (__not__ those tired Famous studio remakes) haven't made it to DVD yet.

Imagine what JK could do with Popeye (instead we'll get Sony Pictures 3D Popeye in a year or so)! At least a new Popeye comic strip inspired by the original E.G. Segar is on the horizon.

This year we'll get to contrast Fleischer Popeye with October's Blu-Ray onslaught of Disney's CINDERELLA. Cindy saved Disney's studio and (because??) it was first entirely shot as live action (it "nailed our feet to the floor!" commented one Disney animator).

kurtwil said...

BKM, I didn't know J. Kirby worked on Fleischer popeyes...how did he contribute?

Oops.. wrt the color Fleischer Popeye shorts, their two reelers are part of Turner's current Popeye DVD collections. It's their one reelers such as "We're On the Road to Rio" that aren't on DVD (so far).

Elana Pritchard said...

Fleischer had such beautiful thoughtful inking for an animated cartoon, as I'm sure John Kricfalusi can attest to.
If folks haven't seen the Seymour Kneitel blog please visit it here:
Seymour Kneitel blog

SparkyMK3 said...

Kurtwil, all of the Fleischer Popeye cartoons are on DVD, including the three color specials, as well as all of the B&W Famous Studios Popeye cartoons.

Carmine said...

Hey, Kurtwil, there's gonna be a new Popeye comic strip? Do you know if it'll be in newspapers or online or both? Thanks for the info.

I agree about John doing a Popeye movie. Why oh why can't the studios hire him to reboot one of these franchises?? I could only imagine how awesome a John K animated Popeye movie would be! It would be out of this world, beyond comprehension.

Archie said...

haha i agree with Roberto about teeth. There were some great Bugs cartoons where the animator give him huge human teeth. I will have to find the name of them.

Joshua Marchant (Scrawnycartoons) said...

HOLY COW! These are pure cartooning! Clean Shaven Man is a genius cartoon. Anyone else still have the song stuck in their head? Any Popeyes with Seymour Kneitel or Willard Bowsky are top stuff.

I would love that DVD but again, it's only available in Region 1, US and Canada only! Aargh! Why does NZ hate funny cartoons?

Trevor Guitar said...

Frame by frame madness, can you imagine handling all those details?

kurtwil said...

SparkeyMK3, which DVD is "We're on the Road to Rio", a relatively rare color Popeye, found on? It is nowhere on the official Turner/Warners vol. 1, 2 and 3.

FYI enjoyed JK's commentary on LOST AND FOUNDRY....as timely as ever.

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Dirk Erik Schulz said...

Hi John. Can you look into my gallery? Would be great to hear what you think of it. Thanks :)

http://themrock.deviantart.com/gallery/

jeffreyJack said...

I heard that after Popeye shaves, he rubs his face in Olive Oyl.

JohnK said...

if you want me to look at something leave an active link

Dirk Erik Schulz said...

Sorry for the triple post. Am new to Blogger. Here is the link: Deviantart gallery. hope it works. Sandra Rivas suggested that I show you my stuff here. Thanks again for yout time.

Trevor Guitar said...

His link worked for me maybe he edited it Jk.

His whackier stuff looks pretty good! Nice hyperbole. Some stuff is a bit odd proportion wise, it's highly stylistic.

Love the whackiness Dirk.

Also like your rendition of Spy Vs. Spy.

And that you remember Princess what's-her-name from Earth worm Jim!

Some good stuff!

JohnK said...

You're very talented Dirk - and prolific!

Do you animate? Your icon gif looks pretty smooth.

Dirk Erik Schulz said...

Thanks! I animated a while, but I never got a job in the animation field so it kinda went to nowehere. I should get educated, but there is no afordable school or one that would take me around here. The avatar is made by a friend Erin Humiston.

Steven M. said...

Modern cartoons need to do funny teeth.

BadIdeaSociety said...

When I was a kid, any time a cartoon featured a song performance, I would get an uncomfortable embarrassed feeling. Most cartoon songs had songs that were very girly and lame. On the other hand, Popeye cartoons had these great, fun songs that would get jammed in my head for days. Even the later "Famous Studios" productions with the female Bluto song "Lonesome! Lonesome! Gotta Get Me a Man" and Olive Oyl's "If I Were President" were fantastic.

Every cartoon studio executive should force their animators and writers to watch the Popeye cartoons and write those songs as a rubric.