David Germain writes that we should check out the walk cycle by the messenger in Tex Avery’s “Symphony in Slang.”
It’s not an actual cycle in that the same drawings are sequentially used over and over again. Tex or his animator varies the drawings so different ones pop up, making the walk jerkier and funnier. Here are ten consecutive frames to give you an idea of the kind of drawings that were made.
We’re back to drawings one and two in the next frames but then the animator starts tossing in different leg positions that you see don’t see above.
This is Avery’s version of limited animation, though there’s still a different drawing per frame of film. And the fact the messenger’s completely stiff other than his rubbery legs makes it funnier than if the rest of his body were animated.
Avery’s regular crew of Mike Lah, Walt Clinton and Grant Simmons receive the animation credits.