Thursday, 10 January 2019

A Typical Car by Tex

No one was making new cars in the U.S. in 1945. There was a war on, after all. Well, that doesn’t include Tex Avery, who united with writer Heck Allen in one of his favourite car gags.

“When out of the night, which was 50 below,” says narrator Frank Graham in The Shooting of Dan McGoo, as a limo winds its way down a snowy road into a clapboard town.

The limo pulls up....

....and keeps pulling up....

....and keeps pulling up.

Ah! It's finally arrived. Along with one of Avery’s signs.

I don’t know when Avery first used the stretch limo gag (was it Milk and Money at Warners?) or how often he used it, but it feels like it pops up in a number of his cartoons. It takes up about seven seconds of screen time to pull up in this cartoon.

1 comment:

  1. And, of course, the original theatrical release features another sign gag in the same scene ("--Cigarettes-- - Are you kidding?").