Why isn’t Manny Gould appreciated more?
He did some terrific work for Bob Clampett and then for Bob McKimson before quitting Warner Bros. in 1947 to work for Jerry Fairbanks.
I love the work Gould did in “Daffy Duck Hunt” (1947). Gould handles the climax scenes at the end of the cartoon. Warren Foster does a switch on an old joke where Daffy cons Porky Pig and the McKimson dog into singing “Jingle Bells.” In mid-song, Porky checks the calendar and sees that it’s April. There’s a cut. Gould and the in-betweeners did a great job. Porky seethes. The dog keeps singing (note how he gestures daintily).
Look at the dog’s pupils. He finally notices Porky’s expression.
Porky grabs Daffy’s Santa beard and pulls him down with one hand, then grabs his neck by the other to pull him out of the Santa suit and swings him toward the camera. The dog runs for cover.
Porky goes for the axe. The dog tentatively peers at the action.
Porky notices something. Then comes the take.
The stamp on Daffy reads “Do Not Open Until Xmas.” Daffy has one last wisecrack before the cartoon irises to Daffy’s eye, which closes to end the cartoon.
Chuck McKimson, Phil De Lara and John Carey are the other credited animators, but McKimson’s animator credits for the first few years are inexplicably incomplete.