UPA’s The Jaywalker (released May 1956) reminds me of something from the National Film Board of Canada. The jazzy xylophone, the flat-voiced narration, the stylised drawings, and the wry little ending.
The cartoon is practically a public service announcement for pedestrian safety. Milton Muffet has some kind of inferiority complex/OCD which makes him jaywalk. It turns out at the end he’s narrating from the dead; evidently a car hit and killed him before the cartoon began.
UPA was quirky with its credits. Who was the background artist in this cartoon? Who’s to say? Jules Engel is credited with “Color” and T. Hee is credited with “Design.” So maybe they’re responsible. Here are some backgrounds.
Abstract shapes are used to symbolise lights on moving cars. There are some in one of the backgrounds, too.
Bobe Cannon directed this cartoon while Billy May provides a nice score.