Friday 30 September 2022

Swingin' Bat

Bats in the Belfry (1942) is an unusual cartoon in that the rhyming dialogue is in verse.

The large bat character comes down to the audience in perspective animation. Here are some frames.

Yes, there's a comic relief slobbering mute character (other than hiccoughs) like you might find in a Disney story.

According to the renewal entry in the 1970 copyright catalogue, Pinto Colvig wrote the dialogue. You can hear his voice (and hiccoughs) throughout the cartoon. According to a 2000 issue of the Comics Journal, Jerry Brewer directed this, though Rudy Ising’s name is the only one on the credits.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't seen this cartoon in decades (at least three of them). These stills make me almost want to see it again.