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 !

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Introducing....Kiko the Kangaroo !

"All the kids love Kiko -
Kiko the Kangaroo !
No one else can equal -
the things that he can do ! "

Does it ring a bell ? Hmmm...probably not ! This short song was the leitmotiv of one of Terrytoons ' s starring stars of the late Thirties , one of the best creations ever made by the studio , Kiko the Kangaroo .

In the late Thirties the greatest animation studios own the services of some popular cartoon stars . Disney found definitive glory with the creation and developement of Donald Duck ; the decline of Fleischer's Betty Boop ( thanks to the Hays Office ) was compensated by the incredible popularity of Popeye the Sailor ; WB found the appeal of Porky Pig sufficient enough to entertain the audience ( the creations of both Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny were also not so far ) .

However , Terrytoons did not have a character enough popular to compete with the other studios ( Farmer Al Falfa was not that much in terms of characterization ) . So Paul Terry 's staff tried to create a recurring character .

In the late 30s we find Kiko the Kangaroo ' s debut in FARMER AL FALFA'S PRIZE PACKAGE ( 1936 ) . This character was used only for a pair of years but the cartoons which feature him are some of the best ever made by Terry .

Kiko , being an happy-go-lucky fellow ( In one short , KIKO AND THE HONEY BEARS , he appeared as an happy hobo looking for a work ) , is always smiling , playing tricks , playing music , entertaining/saving kids ( better : little bears ) but he can always tramute himself into the best boxer to defend his owner/friend Farmer Al Falfa .

Kiko made his debut as a " gift " to Al Falfa from his brother Hank , then starred in a series of solo cartoons as well as in other ones teamed with the farmer . He starred in only 10 cartoons , ending his carrer in 1937 one year after his creation .

As my friend Tim C. informed me , there was also a planned 11th cartoon . A storyboard was written and drawn by a young Joe Barbera , but it was rejected by Paul Terry .

Enjoy these pics from miscellaneous Kiko shorts ( note that pictures ' quality differs from cartoon to cartoon ) .

Yours Truly ,

Duck Dodgers

Blog Founder and Administrator

Friday, December 30, 2005

" Altruists "... here we go again !

Thanks to my great friend Dragan Kovacevic ( in a recent post I made available to the viewers of this blog a marvellous drawing made by him for Christmas , you can find it here : ) , I 'm now able to post more screenshots from the Ren and Stimpy APC unaired episode " Altruists " .
For what I know the episode only aired in Australia and on an Italian Fox Channel ( this latter one is the original source of these screenshots ) .

Enjoy them !

Yours Truly ,

Duck Dodgers

Blog Founder and Administrator

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Room Runners

Pre-Code cartoons from the early Thirties often contain risqué gags , since at the time they were almost free from the restrictions of censorship. The cartoons produced at the Ub Iwerks studio contain some of the best examples of that : many of them have gags involving racial and ethnic stereotypes , sexual innuendo , and even the use of drugs . One of the most risqué Ub Iwerks cartoons is "Room Runners". Here, Flip the Frog tries to escape during the night from a hotel without paying the bill ; while getting away from both the landlady and a policeman , Flip comes across several sexual-related situations : for example , he gets into a bathroom where a girl is having a shower, and he watches a naked girl through a keyhole. In the final gag of the cartoon , a guy who's trying to take his tooth out , after many unsuccessful attempts , he finally succeeds after going into the room of an undressed girl and receiving a punch in the face from her.
Here are some pictures from this cartoon . Enjoy!

Ren and Stimpy in " Stimpy's Pregnant "

Here for you a few shots from another unaired " Ren and Stimpy APC " episode , " Stimpy's Pregnant " .
It's a great episode , one of the best in the Ren and Stimpy saga ! Of course the humor is gross ( as in the majority of John K ' s Spumco works ) , even too gross , in my opinion ( expecially the ending ) .

Anyway , this two-part episode is a must-see for any fans of John K ' work as well as for any ones who loves classic cartoons .

The animation is superb , every single frame do show a completely different expression , like it happened in many of the best Bob Clampett WB cartoons of the late forties , as " Baby Bottleneck " or " Kitty Kornered "

See for yourselves !
Enjoy !

Yours Truly ,

Duck Dodgers

Blog Founder and Administrator

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