Friday 2 August 2019

Shakespeare Silhouettes

Some points to writer George Manuell and animation unit head Doc Crandall for trying something a little new in Shakespearean Spinach (1940). The cartoon is set in a theatre and the plot surrounds an operatic version of Romeo and Juliet, which is done with a lot more panache than some similar cartoons at the Paul Terry studio.

There are a couple of short scenes where there’s a cut to the audience applauding. What makes it different is there’s a guy in silhouette clapping in the foreground. Some of the same drawings were used in both cycles.

It sounds like Pinto Colvig as Bluto in this cartoon, with Jack Mercer and Margie Hines in their usual roles.

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