Monday, September 03, 2012

What is it about Terrytoons?

The cartoons were low budget for the time and hastily done, yet I still have an extreme fondness for them. There are many cartoons from the same that had obviously higher production values, but not all of them had such quirky lovable characters.

11 comments:

Lex10 said...

I appreciate the way the heads and bodies are often misshapen by motion - gravity lag on these rubbery creatures.

HemlockMan said...

When I was a kid I liked some of the Terrytoons characters. And I generally got a kick out of the cartoons. They were quirky folk, for sure. This may have been why they tended to thrive, despite the lower budgets going into production.

One thing that DID get on my nerves as a kid was the looping. That would bug the shit out of me when I was even very young. It seemed to be a kind of cheating to me.

Some years back when I was a dealer in old comics, a woman in Fayetteville NC came to see me at a local comic show and wanted to buy any Terrytoons comics I had. I sold her some and she told me that Paul Terry was her father. At the end of his career in film, he had virtually nothing to leave her in the way of memorabilia from the studio or in the way of merchandising.

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Andy 7 said...

It's too bad there isn't a proper Heckle and Jeckle DVD in release. Those guys were the greatest.

Joshua Marchant (Scrawnycartoons) said...

I've actually never seen a Terrytoon. I'll have to google some of the best ones.

kurtwil said...

Could it be Jim Tyer's animation that makes Terrytoons appealing? It certainly stands out from their general "feel".

Bob said...

Probably the violence... Terry toons and Harvey toons got pretty intense sometimes. Also the backgrounds are painted beautifully and the animation is quick and imaginative. I'm sure you can pinpoint a million things that make the individual characters great, but those are the main things I noticed as a kid watching it on the USA channel. Last note, the painted frame of the character before the title of the cartoon went on were always fantastic, I wish I had giant portraits of old cartoons

Roberto Severino said...

I never liked the corny music in any of the Terrytoons, but I like the unique house style they had. It just screams New York every time I watch one of them.

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kurtwil said...

And of course don't forget the two, count them, two sound effects Terrytoons used for all of their water spraying and splashing.

Will Finn said...

I love them too...i have a theory that in the name of cheapness Terrytoons accidentally invented sort of inversion of the "limited animation" process: it always looks like saved enormous amounts time and money by keeping the action constant, hurried, and rushed, instead of static, but partially animated (which when done right of course requires a lot of thought and planning). It sounds counterintuitive but when characters nearly never stand still they don't have to be that carefully drawn, inked or painted, and bless 'em, Terrytoons sure aren't. That's part of their charm for me.