Monday 22 May 2023

Wheely Birds

Stretch diving exits were a staple at Terrytoons, where a character would jump into the air, chug its feet around then stretch into thinness and zip off frame. Jim Tyer did it. Carlo Vinci did the same thing at Hanna-Barbera.

Here’s an example where from Magpie Madness (1948) where Heckle and Jeckle’s feet develop wheels before diving off-screen. The dog follows.

There’s really nothing all that exciting in this cartoon. Cymbal crashes, drum thumps, Phil Scheib’s up-and-down-the-scale chase music, a lot of sampling of "Listen to the Mockingbird," it’s all here. We miss the Terry Splash.

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