Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ham in a Roll - Goofy Gophers

While I'm on the subject of chorus lines and Can-Can dancers, here's one way to attack one's manliness: forced femininity. And so, another waste of my time archiving the work of horny animators from the golden age of animation. But the innuendos here still fascinate me.

A quick search indicates this was directed by Bob McKimson, and released in December 1949.
These are my screen grabs from a post on Vimeo.

(copyright Time/Warner)

And all the while, the victim is comically missing the point. The dog, which is a charicacture of the actor John Barrymore, starts getting the punishment even before the The Goofy Gophers, Mac and Tosh even show up.

The bitter lesson learned here shows that we ought to be happy with what we have. Things could be a whole lot worse I suppose.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dancing Octopus - Porky's Poor Fish (1940)

Well, I've finally caught up with a ghost from the past that has tantalized me for years:

This comes from an old Porky Pig cartoon where there was a series of underwater gags involving fish and other sea creatures. One scene showed a stage with the curtain raised only half way up revealing a line of fabulous dancing legs.

These "legs" drew cheers and wolf whistles from the audience all right, appearing to belong to a "kick line" or a group of Can Can dancers.

(artwork copyright Time/Warner, screengrab by Steven Hartley)

Then the curtain was raised up all the way to reveal this gorgeous creature. Har dee har har. Just one more turn of the crank to twist a young person's perceptions of sex, and what a positive female image is supposed to be. Oh well, the damage is done.

The title I came across was Porky's Poor Fish (1940). Hat's off to Steven Hartley at his Likely Looney, Mostly Merrie blog and his research on this.

According to Steven, this animation came originally from an earlier Bob Clampett short,  "Porky's Five and Ten" (1938). Still, I guess it's all in fun. Be careful what you wish for, right? Imagine her bills for shoes and stockings.

Also credit to for providing the lead.

Ahh... Now I can rest easy.

Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Wander Over Yonder - the Date

Stumbled across this on
Mochi posting stuff...


(screengrabs by Mochi, art copyright Disney)

According to Wikipedia, Sylvia has to go on a date with Lord Hater. Hater's date doesn't show up, and he decides to destroy her planet out of revenge. Wander talks Sylvia into taking the place of Hater's missing date, and keep him from blowing up this unnamed world.

Looks cute!