Friday 27 November 2020

Bluegrass Banjo Bear

Some nice positions highlight a scene in The Ragtime Bear (1949) where Waldo’s banjo lands in the hands of the aforementioned bear, who curiously pulls on a string, realises he’s making music and starts playing bluegrass (not ragtime).

The strings don’t move while the bear is strumming the instrument. There’s some very fluid animation of the bear in the previous scene. Rudy Larriva, Willie Pyle, Art Babbitt and Pat Matthews are the animators in what was the first Mr. Magoo short.


  1. This looks like Art Babbitt's animation to me, Yowp.

    1. Thanks, Mark. He did some lovely work there, at least judging by scenes I was told were his.