Monday, 30 May 2016

Foxy Blast

Here’s an explosion effect from Paul Terry’s Sour Grapes (1950), starring Dingbat. A fox plants some dynamite and....

Yeah, that’s the end gag. The fox sitting there.

The scene’s undercut a bit by Phil Scheib’s approach to scoring. The explosion happens while his saxophones are still puffing away. Someone like Carl Stalling or Scott Bradley would have built to a climax and then let the animation take it from there. (To be fair, Scheib has a great version of “Man on the Flying Trapeze” in the next gag).

Mannie Davis’ direction credit was chopped from TV prints of the cartoon.

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