The first directors of sound cartoons grew up in the age of silent film, and the best of them could express their stories and gags without dialogue.
Here are some poses from “The Counterfeit Cat,” a 1949 Tex Avery cartoon co-written by Heck Allen and Jack Cosgriff. All you need to know is a cat is after a bird and unwittingly steps on the dog’s head when he sneaks into the house. The poses do the rest, assisted by Scott Bradley’s score and Jim Faris’ sound effects.
Mike Lah, Walt Clinton and Grant Simmons are the animators.