Friday, 23 February 2018

Look Who's Driving

One of UPA’s most stylish cartoons wasn’t intended for theatres at all. It was Look Who’s Driving, a 1954 short for the Aetna Casualty and Surety company.

Bob Dranko’s designs are really good, there’s a thoughtful use of colour (by Michi Kataoka) to reflect mood and some nice character morphs.

Here are some of the designs. Sorry the frames are fuzzy and contrasty. Rotarians will be pleased with the second frame.

Life magazine mentioned this cartoon. It was shown at the Edinburgh and Venice film festivals and won a plaque from the National Committee on Films for Safety.

Ben Washam, Fred Grable, Casey Onaitis and C.L. Hartman are the credited animators.


  1. Was Washam moonlighting? Or was this during the 3D shutdown at Warner Bros?

    1. I don't know, Mark. I'd guess the latter, unless he left Warners for a brief period before the shutdown and came back.