Sunday, 6 November 2011

Steak?

A great example of Tex Avery’s humour can be found in the climax of the plot of ‘Out-Foxed’ (released November 5, 1949) The antagonist in the cartoon is an English fox with a Ronald Colman voice who is completely cool and calm. Until Droopy mentions the word “steak.” Then the fox instantly, and unexpectedly, goes nuts in several static drawings over the sound of a siren before suddenly resuming his casual attitude.




The credited animators in this cartoon are Walt Clinton, Grant Simmons, Bobe Cannon and Mike Lah, a quartet credited on several cartoons released in 1949. Had Preston Blair left the studio?

The fox’s voice is provided by Daws Butler in his first MGM cartoon work. He used the Colman voice in ‘Little Rural Riding Hood’, which was released before this cartoon but put into production later.

4 comments:

  1. Looks like Mike Lah did that bit of animation.

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  2. Grant Simmons.

    Butler's first cartoon was actually Short Snorts on Sports for Screen Gems.

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  3. I've never seen the Columbia cartoon before, Thad, so I don't know anything about it. I didn't realise he did anything over there.

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  4. Who was the dog trainer/fox hunter at the beginning of the cartoon?

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