Thursday, 21 November 2013

Bugs, Thugs and a Union

Ah, those subversive trade unionists at Warner Bros! Irv Wyner fits in a reference to the Screen Cartoonists Guild’s Hollywood local in the background of “Bugs and Thugs.” (Was this scene animated by Virgil Ross?)

Something’s that’s not quite a hidden gag is found in a background drawing earlier in the cartoon when Rocky’s car passes by a billboard.

This isn’t quite an ad for Lucky Strike cigarettes, but the pack on the billboard has the Lucky Strike red bull’s eye. I suppose Wyner wanted some kind of symbol that evoked the idea of cigarettes and, except maybe using a drawing of a camel, the target would do it without being a real ad.

As usual, Hawley Pratt was responsible for the layouts.

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