Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Tendlar's Aladdin Animation

Some of Dave's animation from Popeye the Sailor Meets Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp. (released in 1939) There's lots of the Tendlar tongue action in this clip.

When you're finished here, check out Thad's post on Betty Boop's May Party (de facto directed by Dave Tendlar) - one of my favorite Betty Boop cartoons.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Tendlar Tongues

There are a handful of drawing earmarks that help to identify Tendlar's style - one has Popeye sticking out his tongue for expression. Dave was the only Popeye animator I'm aware of that used the tongue in that manner. (excluding those who used it to express appetite or hunger)

Did anybody spot the other earmarks of Dave's style from last week's clips??

This frame grab was taken part way through a cross dissolve.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Dave Tendlar - Day 5

To wrap up Dave Tendlar week I have some examples of his drawing style - a model from 'I Wanna be a Lifeguard' (released in 1936) and a gag drawing from Fleischer Animated News. I plan to breakdown the particulars of Dave's drawing that helped me ID his style and will post those next week. In the meantime see if you can spot them by analyzing the drawings and animation clips.

Today's clip is some of Dave's animation from the first Popeye cartoon that he de facto directed, 'Choose Your Weppins'. (released in 1935)

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The picture came from an ebay image so it's not the best quality.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Dave Tendlar - Day 4

Today's offering - another gag cartoon of Dave from the pages of Fleischer's Animated News and a clip of his animation from Beware of Barnacle Bill. (released in 1935)

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Dave Tendlar - Day 3

Like many of his colleagues, Dave Tendlar moonlighted in his off hours drawing comics books - among them, print versions of the of Famous Studio cartoons Baby Huey and Herman and Katnip. He also had a regular spot in Jingle Jangle Comics drawing Chauncey Chirp and Johnny Jay and other one page features like the following -

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This drawing of Cousin George looks like a skewed version of Baby Huey. (taken from a Chauncey Chirp and Johnny Jay story)

Today's clip of Dave's animation is from 'We Aim to Please' (released in 1934)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Dave Tendlar - Day 2

Today we have a gag cartoon with Dave Tendlar from a 1935 issue of Fleischer's Animated News. You can see a caricature of Dave at the bottom of the page. The clip is of two scenes of his animation from The Dance Contest. (released in 1934)

After you finish here go directly to fellow cartoon aficionado and shut-in Uncle John's site to see what he has to say about Tendlar's classic 'Play Safe.'

Monday, June 21, 2010

Dave Tendlar - Day 1

Today's post on Dave includes a bio from Fleischer's Animated News and a clip of two scenes of his animation from 'Shiver Me Timbers!'. (released in 1934) This is one of the earliest Popeye cartoons where I'm able to see his work - Dave's personal drawing style for Popeye is starting to form at this point. More on that later in the week.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Dave Tendlar Week Next Week

That's right - starting Monday and ending Friday, there will be a clip of Dave Tendlar's Popeye animation on each of those days along with some info and trivia on him.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Drunk Camerman??

I must have seen every Popeye cartoon at least one hundred times and it wasn't until last week when I took note of the titles of "Seasin's Greetinks!". The camerawork is really messed up. I never noticed it in the past. I have reason to believe the cameraman may have been a tad intoxicated when he shot the titles. See if you agree with me -

Paramount logo out of focus screen right.

Titles not centered.

Shaky door opening.

The title card is on an angle.

A quick adjustment. That's better.

A shaky truck in and - whoops, it's out of focus.

Focus camera.

See it all in motion.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Uncredited Animators

A call back to this post regarding misinformation on the internet. Here's another winner on youtube - many titles are rife with imaginary credits. It looks as though this person pulled names out of a hat for his choices.

FYI - if you reference the call back post, someone went and cleaned up the Wikipedia credits.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Tom Johnson??

Check out this post on Cartoon Brew. Compare the frame grab with photos below that I have of de facto director/animator Tom Johnson. Do you think the actor in the film is him??

Frame grab from The Vacationers' Paradise

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Fleischer/Famous Studios Retrospective in 1988

I found this filed away in a box of unrelated stuff - given to me years ago by friend and colleague Mark Mayerson. I never went to see the retrospective - I wish I had.

I find it strange that the Fleischer and Famous Studios always get grouped together under the Fleischer Studio when it comes to showing or dealing of art.

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