Tuesday 19 June 2012

Dippy Diplomat Outline

A bunch of Walter Lantz cartoons in the mid-1940s used an outline effect to indicate movement. Here’s one from “The Dippy Diplomat,” a 1945 ahort directed by Shamus Culhane. These are consecutive frames.

During this part of the footage, Culhane alternates outline drawings on one frame with fully-rendered characters in the next.

Grim Natwick and Pat Matthews get the animation credits in this one.


  1. A Les Kline scene. He was great before he returned to the studio in the 50s.

    1. Les Kline's animation in the 50s and 60s was nothing short of horrid - he ruined many a decent cartoon for me!!

  2. I never realized this at all (besides the flicker) but recall thinking how interesting this effect was for it's time.