Archive for January 7th, 2009


No 10 has already been covered on WitD here…



by Allan Fish

(USA 1946 7m) DVD1/2
Slapstick symphony
p  Fred Quimby  d  William Hanna, Joseph Barbera  md  Scott Bradley

Of all the classic cartoon characters of yore, from Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck to Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, Tom & Jerry hold a unique place in animation history.  Not just because of their very individual brand of mayhem, but because they were animated by the famous animator partners, Hanna and Barbera.  For it was they who went on to make a name for themselves in the successor to the cartoon industry, producing two reel cartoon episodes for television, the best of them based on classic American TV sitcoms (Top/Boss Cat based on You’ll Never Get Rich (Bilko), The Flintstones based on The Honeymooners).  And though they themselves had no second generation offspring, as it were, could one imagine The Simpsons without The Flintstones a generation earlier?  Just two links from Ralph Kramden to Homer Simpson; scary.  (more…)

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