Welcome back, friends. It’s been a little bit since we’ve last had a Toon In offering. We are going not with the traditional cell animation for this go around however. This time we are sharing a classic 1947 bit of stop motion animation from the George Pal studio. One of his popular Puppetoon series of theatrical shorts, 8 of which were Oscar nominations. This includes of course Tubby the Tuba.
Although Tubby the Tuba ended up losing to Tweetie Pie.Which by the way was the very first Merrie Melodies short to feature Sylvester and Tweety Bird.
To be fair, the Puppetoons are described as replacement animation instead of stop motion. Replacement animation is when the animator uses multiple parts on a model that have been manufactured. Many time this will be facial features, just snapping them on and off. For a fantastic example of the replacement animation style, one need only recall The Nightmare Before Christmas!
When all is said and done, around 70 Puppetoon shorts were created. George Pal would have done more but the cost of making them soared after WWII. It’s been reported that a short animated this way would take thousands and thousands of carved parts. The ceasing of making such shorts ended up a boon for Pal. He would go on to become a Director of live action films in fact. Like 1960’s exceptional adaptation of H.G. Well’s The Time Machine.
In Tubby the Tuba we are introduced to an anthropomorphic orchestra. The titular character is not happy however. The poor tuba feels left out as he is never able to play any of the beautiful melodies like his fellow instruments provide.
For Tubby all seems lost until he manages to encounter a very helpful frog. While the tuba is feeling sorry for himself he is gifted an appropriate tune by the frog. But will it be enough to impress the conductor of the orchestra?
Now go and grab your favorite refreshments and enjoy Tubby the Tuba!
There is without a doubt some talented cosplay going on in this day and age. Whether it be for popular video game, anime, or comic book characters. It’s easy to do a quick search online and find all levels of talent.
Now if we are to go by the information provided by Wikipedia, cosplay has in fact been around for quite some time! ” A.D. Condo’s science fiction comic character Mr. Skygack, from Mars was the subject of costuming in 1908 in the United States. Science fiction fans Forrest J Ackerman and Myrtle R. Douglas attended the 1939 1st World Science Fiction Convention in the Caravan Hall, New York, USA dressed in “futuristicostumes”, including green cape and breeches, based on the pulp magazine artwork of Frank R. Paul, designed and created by Douglas.”
You might happen to recall my post from last year about vintage cosplay. Featuring 1963 photos from WorldCon with the Lord of the Rings‘ Gollum. As well as John Carter of Mars‘ Tars Tarkas.
Images courtesy of the Vintage Geek Culture Tumblr.
Of course of late there has been an upswing in the amount of Dr. Strange cosplay. Thanks in no small part to the success of the 2016 film starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
But the other night I was sent a photo by one of my best friends. An image from the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society site – a photo from 1973 taken by Dik Daniels. Showcasing an earlier cosplayer taking on the mantle of Marvel Comics’ Sorcerer Supreme, the one and only Dr. Strange!
Image courtesy of Dik Daniels – Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society.
Really an amazing bit of cosplay, I think you will agree. Be that as it may – the identity of the cosplayer is unknown. I would highly recommend you follow that link to the LASFS page. You can in fact check out a lot more photographs by Dik Daniels including this one. That is The Time Machine‘s George Pal as well as his Wife – the name of the fan is unknown.
Directed by the legendary George Pal (Tom Thumb, The 7 Faces Of Dr. Lao) and starring Rod Taylor (The Birds, Inglourious Basterds), Alan Young (Mr. Ed, Mr. Belvedere Goes to College, Duck Tales), and the beautiful Yvette Mimieux (Where The Boys Are, Black Hole). While not exactly 100% faithful to the classic novel by H.G. Wells, it probably comes the closest to the source material.
I have the TBS Sunday Morning Movie to thank for my love of not only the film but the book it was based on. A lot of my love for classic films were started right here with the Time Machine. This is one of those rare films for me, I can just watch it over and over again. It also has an absolutely moving soundtrack:
If you’ve not had the chance to watch this classic Sci-Fi film, do yourself a favor and seek it out. A big thanks to Fraserw2 for the theatrical trailer and to Lordhelmchen76 for the score excerpt.
Destination Moon wass a 1950 American science fiction feature film produced by George Pal, who later produced When Worlds Collide, The War of the Worlds, and The Time Machine. Pal commissioned the script by James O’Hanlon and Rip Van Ronkel. The film was directed by Irving Pichel, was shot in Technicolor and was distributed in the USA by Eagle-Lion Classics.
A highly condensed version of the story was released on a 78 rpm disk by Capitol Records in 1950 as part of the “Bozo Approved” series, under the title of Destination Moon. The narrator was Tom Reddy; Billy May composed incidental and background music. The story took considerable liberties with the film’s plot and characters, though the general shape of the story remains. Listen and Enjoy.