cutepoints (1-10): 3 disposition: vociferous about: pixie would like to have a
word with you. many words. she
never lets not having anything
to say get in the way of saying
it. once a squirrel crawled down
her throat thinking it was a cave. quote: “doncha know? know what
i mean? i mean, really. um.” likes: watermelons, water slides
A great, great short by Ladislaw Starewicz, The Mascot, in three parts. I posted a short excerpt from this cartoon previously… this is the full cartoon at a much better quality. The Mascot is one of the most bizarre and beautiful puppet animations I’ve ever seen. And it has a monkey! Don’t miss it!
Scans Daily has recently had a number of posts of comics written by the great John Stanley. I’ve been reading a whole lot of Stanley’s brilliant Little Lulu comics recently with my daughter, and they are some of the best kids’ comics ever written. So great is Little Lulu that is has overshadowed Stanley’s other comics work in most comics aficionados minds.
It is interesting to see some more of his other work… his work was rarely credited at the companies he worked for, and I hadn’t really realized what a variety of work he did.
If you want more, note the wonderful (and very affordable) series of Little Lulu books that was recently published by Dark Horse Comics, and also note that Drawn and Quarterly recently announced that they will be publishing much of Stanley’s other comics work. Click the image below to go to the latest Stanley post on Scans Daily.
J – Oatari Sora No Entaku (The Plane Cabby’s Lucky Day) (1932), by Teizo Kato. This bizarre cartoon is made more bizarre by the animator not animating random stuff he apparently doesn’t feel like animating, or doesn’t feel competent to animate… arms stretch for no reason other than wanting to avoid drawing a walk cycle… inanimate objects move on their own accord. Instead of putting a hat on, our hero shoots a hat out of his ass and it floats effortlessly onto his head.
Another embarrassment of riches for you… it seems like the amount of cool old scans online has been increasing exponentially lately. Again, really hard to pick one item to feature. I mean, Marc Bell has a blog!
However, I’m guessing the link most of my readers will be the most drawn to today is again courtesy of Stephen Worth at the utterly fantastic ASIFA Hollywood Animation Archive blog. He has posted three old Sunday funnies sections in their entirety, along with an essay wondering what the hell happened to make newspaper comics sink to the depths they have sunk to today. Lots of beautiful stuff, scanned large and clean. Pictured below, a panel from Clifford McBride’s Napoleon, one of the many, many comics featured. Click it to see the full post!