Monday, September 3, 2012

New Set of Tyers

(I couldn't resist using that pun)

I recently read this post at the IAD forum. In both cartoons listed there - 'Nicky Nome Rides Again' (1938) and 'One Bad Knight', I found animation by Popeye animator/de facto director Jim Tyer. Not the style usually associated with him - but a subdued version of what would later become his trademark style. (The spacing to the first clip is unusually big - blogger wouldn't allow the clip to play with smaller spacing)

I have no idea when 'One Bad Knight' was produced and released - my guess is probably after 1939. This cartoon has drawing licks and animation closest to the style that is most recognizable to his work at the Famous Studio.

The king looks like a Tyer design.

More examples of expressions and timing typical of Tyer's animation.


Andymatic said...

This is awesome! That last clip with the king looks great! Was this done for Jam Handy?

Bob Jaques said...


Michael Sporn said...

It's possible that Tyer did work in his still-developing style. I had once talked with a career assistant in New York who worked on a lot of Tyer's Paramount animation.She told me that his work was very hard to clean up; he just couldn't hold onto a character. No doubt she was fixing it. Those were also the words Johnny Gent used in describing Tyer's animation, "He couldn't hold onto the character." Must have made for hard work being his assistant.

Jonathan Boschen said...

I am going to guess that "One Bad Knight" was made prior to "Nicky Nome Rides Again", probably right after "A Ride For Cinderella". The title treatment to the later cartoons "Nicky Rides Again", "Peg Leg Pedro", and "The Prince and the Pauper", features those ornate "Nicky Nome" titles. "One Bad Night", like "A coach for Cinderella" and "A Ride for Cinderella" feature the solo titles, which don't have a screen credit for Nicky Nome. That's my theory

Jonathan Boschen said...

I am going to a guess that "One Bad Night" the next one made after "A Ride For Cinderella". The title treatment for the later cartoons, "Nicky RIdes Again", "Peg Leg Pedro", and "The Prince and the Pauper", the opening credits are those ornate Nicky Nome titles which feature a screen credit to Nick Nome. "One Bad Knight", Like "A Ride For Cinderella", and "A Coach For Cinderella" all feature their own individual titles which do not credit Nicky Nome.