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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Crazy Cruise

Disclaimer: Despite the title, this is not a post about the wacky antics of a certain movie superstar. OK, we settled that, now we can proceed with...

"Crazy Cruise" is a WB cartoon released on 03/14/1942, and it is one of the few cartoons started by Tex Avery and finished by Bob Clampett after Avery left the studio (the other two are "The Cagey Canary" and "Aloha Hooey"). Both directors are uncredited, but "Crazy Cruise" clearly shows much more of Avery's influence. In the major part of cartoon, the gags, timing, and animation look completely indistinguishable from Avery's previous travelogue parodies. The only scene that can be assigned to Clampett with great certainity is the last one, with the rabbits and the Japanese vulture (and Bugs Bunny cameo at the end). A different animation style, character design, timing and especially the wild camera movement - all these are signs of Clampett's involvement.

However, the main focus of this post is the scene that came before the final one, about the two big-game hunters (the caricatures of Friz Freleng and Michael Maltese) in search for the giant cannibals.

The last part of this scene contains a hilarious tirade by a little African native (who looks like Elmer Fudd in blackface). The screenshots from this particular scene were requested last month by one of our regular readers, and with a good reason. While lasting barely 9 seconds, it's a real showcase of wonderful acting, funny drawings, and superb lip synch. Each frame is an example of solid and well constructed cartoon drawing. I think this scene was animated by Robert McKimson. Can anybody confirm or deny that?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Think this really was Bob Mckimson animation. Bob was really good with the lip movement in his animation in his cartoons. a good example is in Falling Hare at the begining with bugs bunny reading Victory with hare power (a parodie on a WWII disney film)

10:56 pm

Blogger samuel mann said...


Maybe this not not the good place to ask you this question, I didn't found an other way. I was wondering what software do you use for your stills?

7:39 pm

Blogger Eshniner Forest said...

oh man This cartoon looks good!

4:37 am

Blogger Hammerson said...

>> I was wondering what software do you use for your stills? <<

For screenshots: PowerDVD, and sometimes VirtualDub (when I need a great precision in the selection of frames).
For editing and resizing: Photoshop.

2:24 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is rod scribner animation

4:06 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure the scene with the native running around and telling the audience what he saw was done by Rod Scribner, he worked in Tex Avery's unit at the time and it looks like his drawing style.

10:09 pm


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