Thursday, 29 October 2015

The Bats! They're Coming Toward Us!

There’s nothing in a cartoon like things flying or zooming toward the camera, and Disney was a master at it in the studio’s early sound cartoons.

Mickey Mouse is locked inside a haunted house by the house itself. He looks us.

If you look in the left corner of the room, a couple of bats emerge from a hole.

There are more and more of them as they fly toward the camera. One eventually engulfs the whole thing.

When the bat flies in the opposite direction, Mickey emerges from Disney’s ubiquitous spittoon.

I really like the early Disneys; “The Haunted House” is from late 1929. It has excellent layouts and effects, and fine animation.

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