Friday, 3 October 2014

Another Zooming Head

Cartoon studios of the late ‘20s and early ‘30s loved taking advantage of the huge theatre screen and animated characters in extreme close-ups. The Van Beuren studio’s version was the zooming head, where a singing animal would zoom its head toward the camera and give us a few tuneful bars before the head resumed its rightful place.

Here’s an example from “Foolish Follies” (1930) where animals are performing in a casino.

John Foster and Harry Bailey get the screen credits.

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