Tex Avery’s animators came up with a pretty expressive bull in Señor Droopy, proving there’s more to Avery’s cartoons than big-eyed takes.
The runty Droopy is easily pushed around the bull, who views him as a pest rather than a combatant. Finally, Droopy breaks down, realising he’ll never win the bullfight and achieve his dream of meeting MGM actress Lina Romay, whose picture is on the cover of a fan magazine he carries around.
The bull goes over to see what Droopy is looking at. The drawings tell it all. I love how the bull (voiced by Avery) pounds the ground with his fist-like hoofs in uncontrollable laughter. And the angles on the bull’s head in the second drawing are great.
The insult imbues Droopy with super-human strength. He gives his credo to the bull: “You know what? That makes me mad” (re-used in Homesteader Droopy, released in 1954). Droopy dispatches the bull.
Bobe Cannon, Walt Clinton, Preston Blair, Mike Lah and Grant Simmons are the animators in this 1948 short. Anyone know if this is Blair’s work?