Andrea/Duck Dodgers here. I friendly welcome every fan of animation at my blog. The goal is to support the love and rediscovery of Classic Theatrical Cartoons from the Golden Age of Animation, keeping meanwhile an eye on Golden Age "Funny Animals" Comics as well as on modern animated productions! Every SUPPRESSED ethnic caricature to be sometimes presented here is just for HISTORICAL and EDUCATIONAL purpose and NOT to offend anyone. Stay Tooned and Enjoy the place !

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The Rare and Unknown : " Club Life in the Stone Age "

In the Thirties Terrytoons supplied the low budget devoted to animation with some inventive idea and funny gags .
When in the 40s the animation become more sophisticated ( you can see in this cartoon how the animation looks like the one used by Fleischers in them same years ) they started to develope the formula cartoons ( not unlike Famous studios ) .
This cartoon still shows some inventive , but many of the gags , as well as the ending sequence , reveal to be greatly inspired by " Farmer Al Falfa's Ape Girl " .
Ironically ,this 1940 cartoon include also many gags that will be later reused in 1945 " Mighty Mouse and the Pirates " .
I will update this post with other pictures in the following days .
In the meanwhile , enjoy some screenshots that show gags and situations coming from the Ape Girl cartoon and some other sequences and ideas that will return in the Mighty Mouse epic .

Yours Truly ,

Duck Dodgers

Blog founder and Administrator


Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least the character designs are good. I guess they kept copying ideas from earier cartoons. Any more examples.

10:05 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Er...I mean..."sexy" and "Terrytoons" aren't usually found in the same sentence, but I have to say that the sceen shots here, at least, give lie to that theory! This cartoon looks like it ranks right up there with "Red Hot Riding Hood" and any of Betty Boop's more risque entries! (and the lead female is better drawn than the one in "Ape Girl"!)

7:23 pm

Blogger Duck Dodgers said...

There are too many examples to tell you , Nic .
Like reused gags, plots,sequences, animation and even soundtrack !

11:53 am

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm afriad these maybe the reasons why Paramount does not want to put these on television.

11:18 pm

Blogger Duck Dodgers said...

Do you mean the risquè entries ?

Nope , the reasons are the many copyright troubles plus the fact that the owners of the rights of these cartoons do not even know that they own a great library of animated classic shorts .

5:24 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, I meant that Paramount isn't showing the Terrytoons because they think they're infearior(sic)than the Disney cartoons and Looney Tunes.

9:59 pm

Blogger Duck Dodgers said...

Oh no , not for that !

They are plain ignorant of the value of animation and they do not understand the great potential of their animation library .

2:26 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah you're right. I really want to see more (The Magic Pencil comes to mind).

11:22 pm

Blogger Duck Dodgers said...

Here you have a comment that the great artist Milton Knight emailed me :

Dear Duck,
The bulk of this cartoon is a reworking of A STONE AGE ROMANCE (a sound
Aesop's Fable made by Terry for Van Beuren release in 1929-30), all
wrapped up with a "happy ending" bow borrowed from APE GIRL.
The concept of the athletic, primitive woman goes back to Terry's silent
days; Farmer Al Falfa courted one in BONEHEAD AGE from the late 20s.
Of the 30s Terry product, I personally find the shorts from between 1930
and '33 to be the most interesting. They tend to be unpredictable,
lively, well-staged, and the very early ones make a great use of
black-and-white contrasts. Later 30s entries tend to take the Disney-ish
approach of sitting back and watching the character animation, but all
too often it isn't worth watching!

7:11 am


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