Monday, 1 August 2016

Bugs and Sam Ride Again

Bugs Bunny tries to escape on a big lumbering horse, while Yosemite Sam’s steed is a small pony during the thrilling chase scene in “Bugs Bunny Rides Again,” one of Friz Freleng’s best Bugs pictures.

The horse and pony are on cycles of seven drawings. Is an uneven number like that unusual?

The Freleng crew for this one is Ken Champin, Virgil Ross, Gerry Chiniquy and Manny Perez, and likely Warren Batchelder and Sam Nicholson among the assistants. We’ll have another scene from this one tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. For an unusual number, a 7 beat was actually used often in cartoons. Most of them I can think of right now are Woody Woodpecker cartoons, but it was also used at the end of "My Favorite Duck", among others. A 7 beat provokes fast, nervous energy, which is why it's used here.

    You can find another uneven timing number in "Abou Ben Boogie", where the brilliant camel dance is timed to the music on 9's. 9's are steady, but also give a slight energetic feeling. Well enough of my blabbering, but I just thought that was interesting.