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An evening pause: I especially like the worm’s imitation of Mae West.

On a more serious note, these old animated films provide a very real window into the culture that existed in America in the 1930s. If you want to know where we are going, compare this to today’s art.

Hat tip James Mallamace.



  • wayne

    James Mallamace– good suggestion.

    Mr. Z.; excellent point about; “these old animated films provide a very real window into the culture that existed in America in the 1930s.”

    Animation in the 1930’s was neck-deep with culture, and they weren’t written exclusively for children.

    Personally, I prefer Bob Clampett over Fleischer, but I’ve seen them all. Ordinary people with extraordinary talent, telling universal stories, in the height of the Depression.

    –a nice color Popular Science short, from 1939.
    Max Fleischer: Stereoscopic Rotary Process for Animation

    “Fleischer-patented a three-dimensional background effect called “The Stereoptical Process,” a precursor to Disney’s Multiplane Process.
    -This technique replaced the usual (1 to 3) flat-plane, drawn and painted cartoon backgrounds, with a circular 3-D scale-model background — a diorama — in front of which the action cels were positioned and photographed. As the character, say, hustled down a city street, the camera operator would rotate the diorama a click with each frame. The result was a constantly changing perspective of converging parallel lines that gave an amazing sense of depth.
    – The process worked most dramatically with pans or tracking shots; for static shots, traditional drawn backgrounds sufficed. It was used to great effect in the longer format Popeye cartoons Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (1936) and Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba’s Forty Thieves (1937).”

  • wayne

    Walt Disney explains-
    MultiPlane Camera Animation; Camera & Process
    From Wonderful World of Disney, February 1957

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