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 !

Sunday, March 25, 2007

A Wicky Wacky Romance (1939)

Here's a very entertaining early color Terrytoon released on November 17, 1939. At the first sight, it's typical for the late '30s output of Terry studio. It's fast paced, funny, with solid animation (one of the uncredited animators was Carlo Vinci). However, "A Wicky Wacky Romance" has one very curious distinction - it can be considered as the real precursor of Mighty Mouse cartoons. Nearly all the basic ingredients of a typical MM cartoon are here, three years before the "The Mouse of Tomorrow". Take a look at these screenshots and judge for yourself.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those watercolor backgrounds were beautiful! The cartoon looks like it was a blast too. They sure got a lot a lot of mileage out of the peg leg gags didn't they?

There really needs to be a Terrytoons revival, history has really overlooked them in favor of the more "polished" looking cartoons from Disney, Warners, and MGM.

3:00 pm

Blogger Craig D said...

Was that mouse on the top of the palm tree doing the TARZAN yell? Looks like they might've re-used that bit of animation in “Billy Mouse’s Akwakade” (Terrytoons, 1940)

(I could be wrong, though!)

11:12 am

Blogger J. J. Hunsecker said...

Where do you get such nice copies of these rare cartoons? And where can I get some, too?

1:01 am

Blogger Duck Dodgers said...

Is that hot dog going to be any way good, Captain Craig?

8:05 am

Blogger Duck Dodgers said...

J.J. ,
sometimes you can find such wonders in "garage sales", sometimes trough years of trades around the World

7:32 am

Blogger J. J. Hunsecker said...

Duck Dodgers,

I've been collecting some rare Columbia and Lantz cartoons through a "Garage Sale", but they're from unrestored 16mm prints. Where do you people find such nice quality copies? Europeon television? (Because they certainly don't show those cartoons here in the United States anymore.)

1:15 am

Blogger Hammerson said...

>> Where do you people find such nice quality copies? Europeon television? <<

Yes, in many cases. "Totally Tooned-In" package with color Columbia cartoons was regularly shown on Spanish Cartoon Network and Boomerang. French TV also used to show some spectacular prints of Terrytoons, Famous and Lantz cartoons, during the late '90s (sadly, they were dubbed in French). In the recent years, it seems that classic cartoons have vanished from Euro-TV (with sole exception of French CN and Boomerang).

>>And where can I get some, too?

I can't trade right now, but perhaps later... You can send me an e-mail.

6:41 am

Blogger Hammerson said...

>> Was that mouse on the top of the palm tree doing the TARZAN yell? <<

Yes it is. I'll check "Billy Mouse's Akwakade" later to see if it's the same bit of animation.

6:46 am


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