Thursday, 1 June 2017

Eyeing the Shark

A fish version of Jerry directs a needle nose shark to Tom hiding in a barrel in "The Cat and the Mermouse" (1949). The predator makes a bull's eye, thanks to a knothole and a handy target drawn by Jerry.

Joe Barbera (presumably he wrote the story) came up with a variation on the Tex Avery multiple eye take. The extra eyes burst into oblivion.

The Hanna-Barbera unit's usual animators—Ed Barge, Ken Muse, Ray Patterson and Irv Spence—get credits along with Al Grandmain, who was generally an effect animator (maybe because of all the bubbles and water effects in the short).

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