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(Some Film School Guy)   Learned retrospective and analysis of revolutionary animator Tex Avery's classic cartoons. Of course you know this means YOUTUBE   (brightlightsfilm.com) divider line
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2009-05-20 5:18:20 PM  
Thanks that was nice. Big Avery fan, probably too big of an Avery fan as a kid. I often wonder what the ladies impression was when four-year old brap paying Avery homage by unleashing three feet of red licorice tape out of my mouth, putting on bobble-eye spring glasses, and running around in circles going "Aoooooooogah! Aaaaaaooooogah! Homina-homina-homina! stamping the feet and baying at the moon. You know the bit."

I used to like to do this routine when my sister's friends would come over and I was able to answer the door first. Later I'd overhear them saying stuff like "Is your brother retarded?" "Worse, he's theatrical."

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2009-05-20 5:51:37 PM  
I really hate to pull this one out twice in 24 hours, but you just impress me, brap:

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As far as the story goes, I love Looney Tunes, Tex Avery's stuff was legendary, moving, hilarious, and surreal, often at the same time. That being said, overly wordy, jargoned analysis annoys me.

/too deep;didn't finish
 
2009-05-20 8:38:46 PM  
My favorites have always been the ".. of tomorrow" films..

The Car of Tomorrow (new window)

The TV of Tomorrow (new window)

The Farm of Tomorrow (new window)

The House of Tomorrow (new window)

and a special shoutout to Little Johnny Jet (new window)

and One Cab's Family (new window)
 
2009-05-21 12:44:10 AM  

sleeping martyr: My favorites have always been the ".. of tomorrow" films..


If I'm not mistaken, those were Bob Clampett. Never could get into his works too much...far slower of a pace than Avery or Jones and the humor was subdued without being subtle. Just never appealed to me much.

I personally think the worst things that ever happened to cartoon shorts were television and LSD.
 
2009-05-21 12:48:04 AM  
Abstruse: those were Bob Clampett.

No, they were Avery.
 
2009-05-21 12:49:53 AM  

Abstruse:
If I'm not mistaken, those were Bob Clampett.


If you had clicked, you'd clearly see "Directed by Tex Avery" during the credits.
 
2009-05-21 12:56:04 AM  

haemaker: Abstruse:
If I'm not mistaken, those were Bob Clampett.

If you had clicked, you'd clearly see "Directed by Tex Avery" during the credits.


You mean Fred Avery. Warner Bros didn't let them start using nicknames until well into the 50s.
 
2009-05-21 2:26:41 AM  
Avery is my favorite animation director of any era.
 
2009-05-21 2:29:27 AM  
This far in and no mention of Red?

And my personal favorite (uncensored)
 
2009-05-21 2:30:57 AM  
Cartoon nerds.

/Blitz Wolf....so racist and so good.
 
2009-05-21 2:31:04 AM  
Magical Maestro for the win!
 
2009-05-21 2:32:01 AM  

Southern_Fried:
And my personal favorite (uncensored)


Damn, you beat me!
 
2009-05-21 2:33:04 AM  
When "bugaboo", "to-do" and "hoopla" appear in the same paragraph, I begin to wonder if the author is named Clive. What do you do in this guy's class after the cartoons, underwater basketweaving?
 
2009-05-21 2:34:27 AM  
ev-ry thing I have is yooooooooours
 
2009-05-21 2:36:45 AM  
There was this cartoon, possibly from Tex Avery, in which it is a documentary or report video of aliens studying earth. They believe that our cars are sentient beings that are the dominant species on the planet, and that people are some kind of weird parasite.

Anyone know the name of it?
 
2009-05-21 2:37:47 AM  

gunther_bumpass: ev-ry thing I have is yooooooooours


...and honeychild ev-ry you has is mine
 
2009-05-21 2:37:48 AM  
Bob Clampett did the Beanie & Cecil cartoons.
 
2009-05-21 2:40:30 AM  

Southern_Fried: gunther_bumpass: ev-ry thing I have is yooooooooours

...and honeychild ev-ry thing you has is mine


Fixed
 
2009-05-21 2:43:21 AM  

Mentalpatient87: There was this cartoon, possibly from Tex Avery, in which it is a documentary or report video of aliens studying earth. They believe that our cars are sentient beings that are the dominant species on the planet, and that people are some kind of weird parasite.

Anyone know the name of it?


The cartoon is "What on Earth?" and it's not Tex Avery. It's National Film Board of Canada, and it's one of my favorite films ever. You can find it here: What on Earth? (new window)
 
2009-05-21 2:46:45 AM  
Mental >> I think it began as a story then it was a cartoon, but can't find it on google. I remember it too, though, and you are right - it's good stuff!
 
2009-05-21 2:47:30 AM  

drucee: Mentalpatient87: There was this cartoon, possibly from Tex Avery, in which it is a documentary or report video of aliens studying earth. They believe that our cars are sentient beings that are the dominant species on the planet, and that people are some kind of weird parasite.

Anyone know the name of it?

The cartoon is "What on Earth?" and it's not Tex Avery. It's National Film Board of Canada, and it's one of my favorite films ever. You can find it here: What on Earth? (new window)


Thank you, good sir.

Also, why can't more venues exist like the club in that Rural Red Riding Hood? The hot classy chick who can sing her face off + piano/band combination just sounds like the kind of place I want to be.
 
2009-05-21 3:02:14 AM  
Tex Avery created the laid back southern wolf that always whistled, right? Probably my favorite character that never took off.

"Joke's over, son *whistles*"
 
2009-05-21 3:15:35 AM  
Tex Avery ruined me for life and I'm so happy for it.
 
2009-05-21 3:20:12 AM  

brap: Thanks that was nice. Big Avery fan, probably too big of an Avery fan as a kid. I often wonder what the ladies impression was when four-year old brap paying Avery homage by unleashing three feet of red licorice tape out of my mouth, putting on bobble-eye spring glasses, and running around in circles going "Aoooooooogah! Aaaaaaooooogah! Homina-homina-homina! stamping the feet and baying at the moon. You know the bit."

I used to like to do this routine when my sister's friends would come over and I was able to answer the door first. Later I'd overhear them saying stuff like "Is your brother retarded?" "Worse, he's theatrical."


I still do the wolf thing on a nightly basis. If the girl doesn't laugh, she's not worth the lube.

I knew this total sweetheart in college who did a perfect Tazmanian devil impression. On request.

That means, in front of your friends, in front of your family, alone in the car driving to work, and in the shower, and naked on all fours in the backyard.

/not bad, just drawn that way.
 
2009-05-21 3:31:37 AM  
What I'm picking up from that Wall of TextTM article, is now that visual/graphic technology has evolved enough to put more human-like characters through cartoon-like circumstances, we see more allusions to the classic cartoon format than the general populace had normally been accustomed to. Cool. His cartooning style would go on to inspire some of my favorite cartoon icons, and I wish this had a better headline so more people would post links to his classics.
 
2009-05-21 3:38:21 AM  
Southern Wolf

Three Little Pups (new window)

Billy Boy (new window)

Blackboard Jumble (new window)
 
2009-05-21 3:52:13 AM  
Hey subby. You paraphrased the quote in the headline incorrectly.

I can't forgive you for that, so of course you realise this means war...
 
2009-05-21 4:03:05 AM  

Zombie Hitler: Tex Avery created the laid back southern wolf that always whistled, right? Probably my favorite character that never took off.

"Joke's over, son *whistles*"


God damn it I love that character.
 
2009-05-21 4:07:08 AM  
Make sure to carry a few bags of flour before you leave for your sex vacation guys
 
2009-05-21 4:16:25 AM  
I've always loved the ended before its time Screwy Squirrel cartoons myself:

Screwball Squirrel (new window)
The Screwy Truant (new window)
Big Heel-Watha (new window)
Lonesome Lenny (new window)
 
2009-05-21 4:23:52 AM  
 
2009-05-21 4:29:29 AM  
King-Size Canary (new window)

Doggone Tired (new window)
 
2009-05-21 4:36:03 AM  
Missed Happy-Go-Nuts on that list of Screwy Squirrel cartoons (new window)
 
2009-05-21 4:59:32 AM  

Southern_Fried: This far in and no mention of Red?

And my personal favorite (uncensored)


Oh god thank you. I hurt from laughing. I needed that.
 
2009-05-21 5:14:07 AM  
HAHA Awesome. I've taught my son the subtle differences between Chuck Jones and Tex Avery. He can now call them out when he sees either. Tex and Chuck by far the greatest of the greatest generation. And Mel Blanc of course.
 
2009-05-21 5:45:58 AM  

drucee: Mentalpatient87: There was this cartoon, possibly from Tex Avery, in which it is a documentary or report video of aliens studying earth. They believe that our cars are sentient beings that are the dominant species on the planet, and that people are some kind of weird parasite.

Anyone know the name of it?

The cartoon is "What on Earth?" and it's not Tex Avery. It's National Film Board of Canada, and it's one of my favorite films ever. You can find it here: What on Earth? (new window)


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Approves.
 
2009-05-21 6:10:41 AM  
Excellent find, subby! Bookmarked so I can read it in full at a later time...
 
2009-05-21 7:55:14 AM  
DjangoStonereaver: man I'd forgotten how dense some film criticism can be

Needs to be, if what it's criticizing isn't well recognized as Art. Criticism is basically competitive. Even if no one is apt to pay attention, you really need to make your case for the value of what you're writing about, in case some [strike]drip[/strike] scholar digs it up years later and decides to cut you AND your subject to pieces.

The sad part is that as thorough as this is, it's an anti-Tex Avery study of Tex Avery - something the great man couldn't even begin to satirize. Even when he broke The Wall by putting "hair" in the frame or yelling at the audience, he couldn't get meta. Not with a major studio bankrolling him.

/note that this wasn't even written for a graduate school program
//in 1978 it probably wouldn't have been accepted anyway
///but the level of appreciation in 'zines and such was a lot higher
////or just dryer
 
2009-05-21 7:58:34 AM  
Droopy approves
 
2009-05-21 8:07:06 AM  
Got a bunch of the classic WB toons of the 'tube a while back for my kids...


/ gonna kill a wabbit
// with my spear and magick helmet
 
2009-05-21 8:32:56 AM  

i.r.id10t: Got a bunch of the classic WB toons of the 'tube a while back for my kids...


/ gonna kill a wabbit
// with my spear and magick helmet


Spear and magic helmet?!
 
2009-05-21 8:48:10 AM  
URL: http://www.brightlightsfilm.com/64/64texavery.html

Reason for restriction: Forbidden Category "Gay and Lesbian Issues"



HA!
 
2009-05-21 8:51:06 AM  

sleeping martyr: My favorites have always been the ".. of tomorrow" films..

The Car of Tomorrow (new window)

The TV of Tomorrow (new window)

The Farm of Tomorrow (new window)

The House of Tomorrow (new window)

and a special shoutout to Little Johnny Jet (new window)

and One Cab's Family (new window)


That's why I love my little Roomba. It seems closer to the "World of Tomorrow" that my childhood imagation (provided by Tex) had.
 
2009-05-21 8:58:20 AM  

sleeping martyr: My favorites have always been the ".. of tomorrow" films..

The Car of Tomorrow (new window)

The TV of Tomorrow (new window)

The Farm of Tomorrow (new window)

The House of Tomorrow (new window)

and a special shoutout to Little Johnny Jet (new window)

and One Cab's Family (new window)


Wow, TV of tomorrow is too far different than TV today.
 
2009-05-21 9:13:58 AM  

dahmers love zombie: That being said, overly wordy, jargoned analysis annoys me.


No kidding. Could that author have been any more pretentious?
 
2009-05-21 9:19:24 AM  
This thread deserves more Red
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2009-05-21 9:23:33 AM  

Southern_Fried: This far in and no mention of Red?

And my personal favorite (uncensored)


When he changes into the Polynesian singer is my favorite!
 
2009-05-21 9:35:35 AM  

sleeping martyr: My favorites have always been the ".. of tomorrow" films..

The TV of Tomorrow (new window)


Beer, peeping Toms, and booby jokes in a kids' cartoon. Good times.
 
2009-05-21 9:41:54 AM  
tl; dr
 
2009-05-21 9:46:54 AM  
Beer, peeping Toms, and booby jokes in a kids' cartoon. Good times.

Hey, but we all turned out ok, didn't we?
 
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