Thursday, 28 February 2013

Knock Knock Backgrounds

Background artists didn’t tend to get credited on cartoons until the mid-1940s. So it’s only a wild guess that Fred Brunish provided the backgrounds for the cartoon with the first appearance of Woody Woodpecker, “Knock Knock” (1940). I don’t know when Willie Pogany left the studio. The blend of colours and detail is terrific.

Animation credits go to Alex Lovy and Frank Tipper, though someone may be able to tell me if La Verne Harding and Les Kline worked on this as well.

Follow up note, posted in 2015: The artist is Edgar Kiechle. Read here


  1. It makes sense that the Pandas' house would include a lot of bamboo woodwork—a clever touch.

  2. I think that Lowell Elliott was doing the backgrounds at this time for Lantz. Mark Kausler

  3. Thanks, Mark. I didn't realise he drew backgrounds.
    I guess Willie Pogany's stay was short.