Thursday, 2 October 2014

Play (Spit) Ball!

“It looks like McGrip’s famous spitball,” says announcer John Wald in the Tex Avery cartoon “Batty Baseball.” And indeed it is, in a literal sense.

Fortunately, there’s a spittoon in foul territory in the infield.

Avery’s original bunch of MGM animators—Preston Blair, Ed Love and Ray Abrams—get the animation credits, at least in the edited version that was on laser disc a number of years back (you can hear the edit in Scott Bradley’s score over the credits). See the comments for the animator ID from the man who knows these old MGM cartoons.

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