It might be unfair to call them “stock expressions,” but while watching The Old Grey Hare the other day, I noticed a couple of facial looks that are unmistakeable from the Bob Clampett unit at Warner Bros.
Here’s the difference between full and TV animation. Baby Bugs Bunny slides to a stop. A couple of seconds is taken up with Bugs’ feet sliding around before he zips behind a tree. TV animation wouldn’t bother with all those drawings. There’d be a zip of brush strokes and Bugs would immediately zoom behind the tree.
Baby Elmer Fudd crawls—except when he’s sneaking. Sneaks go on tippy-toes, so Baby Elmer does, too. Bent logic.
Ah, the oversized eye whites! You’ll see it in Kitty Kornered and other Clampetoons.
Um, Bugs is looking a little too lovingly at that rear end.
The half close-eyed dopey look. Again, seen in Kitty Kornered and elsewhere.
Manny Gould doesn’t get credit in this cartoon. Neither do Virgil Ross or Rod Scribner. Bob McKimson does. I suspect they all animated on this one. I like the purple in the background. Leon Schlesinger would have approved. Purple’s a funny colour, he said.