Friday, 19 February 2016

A Moving Dingbat

Dingbat Land (1949) was Terrytoons’ attempt to create a crazy heckling character like the original Daffy Duck, Woody Woodpecker or even Screwy Squirrel. Some of the gags were pretty good, but someone at the Terry studio decided to equip the Dingbat with a sped-up, unintelligible voice. He’s neither a sympathetic or admirable character.

It’s a stop-motion feast for fans of spikey, stretched in-betweens. The gag is Gandy Goose asks the Dingbat what a dingbat looks like. The dingbat answers it by taking a picture of himself. Here are some of the drawings in between the poses.

As usual, only the director, musical director and story department head get screen credits.


  1. Given the camera and crazy bird connection, the Terry staff may have specifically been ripping off 1947's "Clown of the Jungle" here, though of course you can do back all the way to Clampett's "Porky in Wackyland" from almost a decade earlier for the heckling bird-vs.-naive protagonist theme.

  2. I didn't see any of those with Gandy GOose those I saw a few with some other naive character and the Dingbat ..SC