Tubby the Tuba - Title

Toon In: Puppetoon’s Tubby The Tuba (1947)

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.
Tubby the Tuba - Sylvester and Tweety

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!

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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.
Tubby the Tuba - Tubby

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?
Tubby the Tuba - Tubby and the Frog

Now go and grab your favorite refreshments and enjoy Tubby the Tuba!

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One Droopy Knight - Title Card

Toon In: One Droopy Knight (1957)

Morning, friends! I hope you are ready for some fun, because that is indeed what this Toon In is offering. Because I am happy to say that we certainly have a classic animated short for you this week. In fact One Droopy Knight ended up being nominated for an Academy Award in 1958. Of course as you can tell by the title One Droopy Knight, the star is obviously Droopy.

Droopy is hands down, one of my favorite animated characters. That has a ton to do with the creator of the character, which was Tex Avery. The animator was a master at slapstick humor to say the very least. Furthermore the animator was recognized as being a pioneer in the attempt to change the style of animation, that the Walt Disney studio was known for. That type of realism and even sentinmentality wasn’t what Avery was interested in.

Avery I think was inspired by the absurd and unexpected. Characters in a short might halt the cartoon to remark on the gags or action itself. Going so far as to address the audience about the plot as well as ‘escaping’ the film reel.
One Droopy Knight - Tex Avery Gag

Perhaps the easiest way to sum up Avery’s attitude on animation was this quote from Joe Adamson’s 1975 book, Tex Avery: King of Cartoons.:
“In a cartoon you can do anything.”
One Droopy Knight - Tex Avery

While Tex Avery was the creator of Droopy, by 1958 he had ceased working on theatrical shorts. Furthermore in the 1960s and 1970s he would produce animation for television commercials. For various companies like Kool-Aid, Frito-Lay, as well as Raid!

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I think that with One Droopy Knight being released in 1957, it is obvious that Tex Avery wasn’t involved. In this case the Director was Michael Lah, the short produced by Hanna-Barbera. Although Avery’s spirit is still evident in the cartoon, at least I think so. The story concerns Droopy and his often bullyish rival Butch as knights of the realm. Tasked with heading out to conqueror a fearsome dragon that is terrorizing the countryside.
One Droopy Knight - Droopy and the Dragon

You will remember I had mentioned that One Droopy Knight was nominated for an Oscar. It did not take home the gold however, losing out to Birds Anonymous. Which was a Merrie Melodies short, directed by Friz Freleng, and starring Sylvester and Tweety.
One Droopy Knight - Birds Anonymous - Tweety and Sylvester

Now then, friends. Grab your favorite beverage and snack and enjoy One Droopy Knight!


Tweet Zoo - Tweety Bird

Toon In: Merrie Melodies’ Tweet Zoo (1957)

Welcome back to a new installment of Toon In, friends. Our offering this week entitled Tweet Zoo was released in theaters back in 1957. A Merrie Melodies animated short that was directed by Friz Freleng. Who as a matter of fact created the likes of Porky Pig, Yosemite Sam, and the stars of Tweet Zoo Sylvester and Tweety.
Tweet Zoo - Sylvester And Tweety

In addition it has also been noted that the Tweet Zoo title is a play on the 1928 hit song Sweet Sue, Just You. Which was composed by Victor Young and featured lyrics by Will J. Harris. It was covered by many bands and singers from Benny Goodman to Miles Davis. Furthermore it was sung by the cast of I Love Lucy in 1952 as well as 1954 and once again in 1957.

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Tweet Zoo was written by Warren Foster (Porky in Wackyland ) and finds Sylvester in a tour group at the city zoo. Of course his attention is solely on Tweety Bird who happens to be one of the rare exhibits. Certainly our favorite wise-cracking yellow canary isn’t going to let himself become an easy meal, right?

1957’s Tweet Zoo features the talented Mel Blanc of course. Moreover Freleng injects some of the most laugh out loud animated physical bits of comedy. Case in point when Tweety Bird takes refuge in the the bear den and Sylvester tries to reach him with a net.

I can’t help but bust a gut at the bear’s reaction every single time. However while Tweet Zoo is a fantastic animated short. It was actually another Sylvester and Tweety short that won the 1957 Academy Awards – that honor fell to Birds Anonymous.

So without further ado, join us and Toon In as we enjoy 1957’s Tweet Zoo!
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After watching Tweet Zoo perhaps you feel up to more cartoon fun?

Then why not check out Zim Animation’s 3D animated intros to the likes of He-Man, Ghostbusters, and more?

Vintage Character Cake Pans

“Character” Cake Pans were all the rage in the 1970s and 80s. I recently found these three hanging out at a local antique mall. What kid wouldn’t want to find their birthday candles stuck into a cake in the shape of of Bugs Bunny, Superman, or Tweety Bird for their birthday?

I know these were intended for kids, but I’ll turn 40 years old at the end of this summer and there’s nothing I would rather see on my table than this: