Friday 30 June 2017

Galloping With Willoughby

The Warners cartoon “Of Fox and Hounds” (1940) is pretty much one long set-up to a punch-line at the end. A Bugs Bunny-sounding fox sends dumb dog Willoughby past an old tree stump and over a rail fence. Time after time, Willoughby jumps over the fence and over a cliff—until the last time.

Whoever animated Willoughby gives him a really awkward gallop in a 24-frame cycle. Here are the frames.

Tex Avery took the cliff gag to MGM and used it in a Screwy Squirrel cartoon, but I like it better in this one.

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