Monday, 20 October 2014

Hollywood and Vine, 1946

The corner of Hollywood and Vine greets viewers at the opening of “Hollywood Daffy” (1946). A pan down from the street sign shows the inevitable Hollywood wolves. Note the subtle shadow against the yellow Hollywood Plaza Hotel, indicated by the diagonal colour change on the windows (the hotel really was at Hollywood and Vine; it has been converted into a retirement home).

The backgrounds in this cartoon are by Paul Julian from layouts by Hawley Pratt. Let’s look at a couple of other backgrounds in the opening scene where Daffy arrives in Hollywood by bus. Somewhat out of character, Julian doesn’t work the names of Freleng unit members into the artwork this time. However, it looks like Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is in the distance in one of the drawings.

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