Friday, 29 June 2012

Truce Toothbrush

There isn’t a lot of outrageous animation in “The Truce Hurts” (1948), a cartoon by the Hanna-Barbera unit for MGM. Well, not counting a blackface gag. The stretchy-est piece comes in some cycle animation of Tom brushing Jerry’s teeth.

It reminds me a lot of Irv Spence’s work at Warner Bros. before he went to MGM. He did kind of a face stretch like the one on Jerry in “Little Red Walking Hood” and seems to me Spence animated characters who were cross-eyed and with an overbite.

We get multiples of Jerry as he dashes off camera for breakfast.

The credited animators on the reissue print are Spence, Ken Muse, Ray Patterson and Ed Barge.

1 comment:

  1. Nope, not Spence. Ray Patterson. Spence animates the waking up scene with Tom sucking in the flower; with the characters still asleep and then Ray takes over with Spike ringing the bell before the toothbrush scene.

    I love that animated scene; I always feel that Ray focused on drawing more than the other animators; and you can tell this is Ray from the amount of detail in this scene - he liked to draw wrinkles and pouty mouths.