Sunday, October 30, 2011

Nothing To Sneeze At Clip 1, A Whole Lot of Explaining!

This clip has a very striking drawing style to it (though I suspect it switches to another animator at the end). I'm hoping someone will be able to tell me who animated this one.

So, besides posting about it here, I've been talking about finding these clips on Facebook. Animator Brian Mitchell, who is the best animation teacher I've ever had, said this, which just explains volumes about how this all went down: "Great American Animation was headed up by Randy Chaffee, in some small offices in Burbank, California, near Olive. Dan Hunn and Virgil Ross worked on some of these along with Chuck Harvey (who introduced me to Randy). I personally knocked out anywhere between 70-100 feet of animation a week...and it was all full. The price per foot was low (about $26) but because it was cartoony, it was fast to animate. The place where it needed more time and care was locking
down the keys, which would have made the cartoons look even better."

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Mouse In The House

Hi, folkses. Welcome to the inaugural post! I recently bought the Time/Life complete Real Ghostbusters DVD set, and started watching some Slimer cartoons. They're a mess overall, but every now and then, a really brilliant scene of full animation would show up. I've decided to start a blog showcasing those scenes. If any of you readers have any idea who animated these scenes, please let me know in the comments! I don't own these scenes and I didn't make them. They belong to Columbia Pictures, Sony, and DIC Animation City. They are presented here for educational purposes only. If you're interested in these cartoons, please buy the DVD set! It's a really nice set filled with interviews and extras and stuff.

Anyway, this clip is a nicely animated scene from the "pilot" of sorts, "Mouse In The House". You get a nice example of the contrast between the way the show normally looked and the special animation-- It goes back to normal as Janine makes her entrance, and resumes the extra nice animation immediately afterwards.

Sorry about the lack of sound on this clip. That was accidental. The sound mix on Slimer episodes seems oddly terrible. I say oddly because it didn't seem to generally be a problem on Real Ghostbusters episodes. You'll hear what I mean later.