Tuesday 1 May 2018

Sliding Off the Film

Some amazing speed cuts highlight Dumb-Hounded (1943) but perhaps the best gag is the one that proves that the characters exist in a cartoon. The wolf (Frank Graham) is running so quickly to escape Droopy that his momentum carries him right off the film and past the sprockets. He recovers enough to jump back into the scene.

John Canemaker’s book credits the animation in this cartoon to Preston Blair, Ed Love, Ray Abrams and Irv Spence, with the story by Rich Hogan.


  1. Since nobody's mentioned yet, it should be mentioned that Avery reprised the gag in "Northwest Hounded Police".

  2. Hans Christian Brando4 May 2018 at 18:22

    The climax in "Goonland" where Popeye's fight with the Goons becomes so intense the film breaks and the Goons slide off, or the film "breaking" gag in "My Favorite Duck" (reprised in "Bunny Hugged"), are no slouches in that department, either.

  3. There was a Simpsons couch gag in the earlier (read: good) episodes where this happened.

  4. In an Astro Boy episode, Astro jumps out of a TV set and quickly jumps back in to finish the scene!