Friday, 1 March 2019

Grand Slam Tennis

Jerry lofts a tennis ball high into the sky. Both Tom and Butch run to return it over the net.

Jerry knows what’s going to happen. You do, too. Let’s see how it was animated. Here are four consecutive frames. The last three are cycled as the background and effects change.

They turn into one cat.

Tennis Chumps was in production by late 1947, released in late 1949 and re-issued in February 1957. Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera’s usual group of animators is credited—Ray Patterson, Ken Muse, Ed Barge and Irv Spence.


  1. This sequence was animated by Irv Spence, Yowp.

  2. Thanks, Mark. I've heard from others who've said the same thing.