Wednesday, June 30, 2010

088 Africa Squawks

Title: Africa Squawks
Studio: Terry
Date: 6/30/39
Credits: None listed on viewed print
Series: (Major Doolittle?)
Running time (of viewed version): 5:39

Synopsis: An English hunter (Major Doolittle) and his valet (Jarvis) hunt in Africa.

Comments: Again, feels like the beginning of this print is cut off (and it feels like it ends slightly abruptly as well). The lions seem... sketchy. There's not much to recommend this, but it is nevertheless far far better than Barnyard Brat was. The sign at the beginning references a service/drinking organization called the Lions Club, which often appears on the signs of towns. Aother woodpecker appearance, tho very unlike Woody. The rhino looks like they just slapped a bull horn or short elephant tusk on a hippo. There's an interesting streaking method to show speed; it's used instead of smearing. Basically an unopaqued cel with horizontal lines to define some three dimensionality, and outlines of much of the figure. I can't say it's especially effective, but I'm not confident enough in the skill of the team to say it might not possibly be effective if explored more thoroughly. The shot where the lion leaps to the camera ultimately goes entirely black in his throat before cutting to the next shot. The lion pride (is it a pride when it's a group of males?) inexplicably makes seal sounds along with roaring...

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