Monday, March 14, 2022

Clutch Cargo Cartoons...Only Moved Their Mouths

"Clutch Cargo" animated cartoons were done without very much animation. Mostly their mouths moved and some hand and feet movement but strangely enough it kept my attention as a young boy. Limited animation was first used to create an appealing cartoon in Clutch Cargo. The first cartoon to use Syncro-Vox was Clutch Cargo, a surprise hit at the time. This was because of the need for animation to be created within a tight time frame. Syncro-Vox was invented by Edwin Gillette, television cameraman and partner in Cambria Studios, as a means of superimposing real human mouths on the faces of animals for the popular "talking animal" commercials of the 1950s. Clutch Cargo employed the Syncro-Vox technique by superimposing live-action human lips over limited-motion animation or even motionless animation cells.

There was a limited amount of music in the Clutch Cargo series. It was mostly provided by Paul Horn using only the bongos, vibraphone and flute. The stories were set in a fictitious world in which the character Clutch Cargo was a jet pilot. The stories were presented in five 5-minute chapters, with the first four chapters ending in cliffhangers.
The late actor, Richard Cotting, is best known for playing the voice of Clutch Cargo, the hero of the hit television series, Clutch Cargo. However, he was much more than that. He was an accomplished actor, writer and producer. The characters that you see on "The Clutch Cargo Show" are actors who played the mouth moving characters on the show. This includes Hal Smith who played Otis Campbell the town drunk on the "Andy Griffith Show"
 and Margaret Kerry who brought Spinner and Paddlefoot to life.

The show only lasted about a year, starting in 1959 and ending 1n 1960. Fifty-nine cartoons were made. Now without further is a clip cartoon of "Clutch Cargo."
BJ 🙈🙉🙊

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Cartoon Animator Frank Tashlin (Tish Tash)? "Talented Drifter " Got Fired A Few Times

 Frank Tashlin was born on 19th February 1913, in Weehawken, New Jersey. He dropped out of school at age 13 and drifted from job to job, but he was just as much a drifter in his animation career as he had been as a teenager. He joined Warner Bros. in 1933 where he was known as "Tish Tash". He was fired from the studio when he refused to give Schlesinger a cut of his comic strip. He joined the Ub Iwerks studio in 1934.


 As a director at Warners, he was known for his ability to create innovative and original imagery. He did so much so quickly that he had to leave Warners to work at Disney. He was making $150 a week at Warners. At one point he had an argument with the studio manager and resigned.  

He was a Columbia Pictures executive in the 1930s. He was fired in 1941 for a heated argument with the studio executives. He then went on to found the Fox and the Crow series which was one of the better products of the studio.

Tashlin stayed with the studio during the Second World War and worked on numerous war-related short films, including the Private Snafu educational films. He stayed with the studio until his departure in late 1944 and directed some stop-motion puppet films for John Sutherland.

He was known to have made a number of films at Warner Bros. His last film, Bugs Bunny Hare Remover, is his last credit at the studio. one co-worker described him as "Here today, gone tomorrow. Now you see him, now you don't. That was TishTash, who would be working at your studio one day, and, suddenly, gone the next day. He died at age 59 from a heart attack in los Angeles..... BJ 🙈🙉🙊

Monday, February 21, 2022

Cartoon Animation Was Used For American Propaganda During World War II And After For Re-enlisting Soldiers

Did you know that World War ll helped change some history of animation? Before the war, animation was thought of as a form of childish amusement, but little did the American public know it would play a big part in American history. At the beginning of the war, the US government was hesitant to use propaganda campaigns, this included comic book heroes, posters, leaflets, and animated cartoons. Due to media pressure the US government decided it might be a useful tool to use. The government still insisted this was not an act of propaganda but a way of giving information to the US citizens. "Yea Right" I had to through my little 2 cents in here! Lol.

  Did you know that "Walt Disney Studios" became an actual army base of sort? Troops were stationed on the studio grounds throughout the war, and work with Walt Disney to make different types of propaganda short films for training troops and some animated films for morale purposes for Americans. Some of these film shorts carried a strong message to arouse or change viewpoints of the American public. "Scrap Happy Daffy" encourage you to donate scrap metal for the war, "Bugs Bunny" to buy war bonds, and others encourage paying your taxes! "Donald Duck" was used to poke fun at Hiter's Germany. 
Anyway, after the war came time to re-enlist soldiers for the armed forces and animation cartoons played a part. I have here a cartoon made by "United Prodctions Of America", 1940-1970 This adult cartoon is for recruiting for the navy. BJ/ 🙈🙉🙊


Thursday, February 17, 2022

Remember "The Three Stooges"?.... But Did You Know About The Animated Cartoons 1965-1966

 Remember "TheThree Stooges" an iconic comedy show that started as a vaudeville stage act in the 1920's and continued on to film shorts into the early 70's. What you probably didn't know is that there where animated cartoons made of the three characters 1965-1966. The cartoon shorts emulated the trio's antics and slap stick ways as presented on the film shorts. Larry, Curly and Moe were the characters in the cartoon version. Cambria Studios made 156 short Stooge cartoons and was supervised by Lee Orgel. The color television made the yearlong cartoons successful. There is 

not a lot more I can really said about these cartoon shorts, except I did not enjoy them as much as I did the film version Shorts. Here is one of the cartoons below....they called them "The New Three Stooges" 1965-1966. Enjoy!  BJ

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Little LuLu Animated Cartoon Brief History Moment

 Do you remember "little LuLu " animated cartoons? This little girl was something else, always into something that would drive you crazy. She reminded me of a female "Dennis The Menace" which of course came years later. Little LuLu started out as comic strip in 1935 and debuted in a February edition of the Saturday Evening Post. Marjorie Henderson Buell (Marge) was the author and artist of the comic strip which ran from 1935-1947 then in 1950 Little LuLu became syndicated series with the Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate, it ran until 1969.
Now about the animated short Films that were made in 1943 thru 1948. These 26 shorts were produced by Famous Studios which was affiliated with Paramount Pictures. There is not a lot to write about the 26 shorts that were made, except they were successful and Paramount Studios did not want to pay royalty fees on the new upcoming contract. They decided to make their own animated short "Little Audrey", dirty dogs!
 Well I guess that's just business. Here is a " Little LuLu" Cartoon short for you below, and you can see why they were so successful. BJ 🙈🙉🙊