Friday, October 31, 2014


A slapstick tale of a legendary figure: Ban Naoyuki (1567 -- May 26, 1615), also known as Ban Dan'emon was a Japanese samurai general of the late Sengoku and early Edo periods.
Drawings: Yoshitaro Kataoka; made some of the earliest efforts in color productions, and was also an artist of manga.

A MAD HOUSE-Terrytoon (1934)
Mad Doctor who rooms with a house of skeletons plans mischief. M.D. animation largely by Bill Tytla.

BEANSTALK JACK-Terrytoon (1932)
Fairy Tale rehash in which Jack encounters a gang of pseudo-jazz skeletons (animated by Eddie Donnelly). The pre-sound stylings of Frank Moser & Jerry Shields highly contrasts with Bill Tytla's advanced, otherworldly Giant.

A Bosko-cloned samurai battles traditional monsters and demons. Drawings: Hiromasa Suzuki.

G-MAN JITTERS-Terrytoon (1939)
Young Gandy dreams he is a "G-man" (actually an old-fashioned deerstalker-capped detective) investigating strange noises in a haunted house. With Frankenstein, Dracula and Mrs. Jones.
Opening musical theme: "The Happy Farmer" by Schumann.

A HOWLING SUCCESS-Terrytoon (1954)
A favorite plot at the studio: a character running around the house being terrorized mostly by his own imagination. A sure-fire setup for freak-out animation by Jim Tyer, Carlo Vinci, Conrad "Connie" Rasinski (the director, after whose dog "Pago" was named) and Paul Sommer.

THE NUTTY NETWORK-Terrytoon (1939)
Jungle animal spoof of the public reaction to Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds" broadcast. With the Bert Lahr lion as "The King". Fine "cartoon-hot dance" music by Philip A. Scheib.



nodnarB said...

holy mackerel! These are sooooo good! So far I have watched the first one, with the shogun, which is totally great. Really neat to see the really early Japanese animation. Also the Jack and the Bean Stalk parody, which is out of this world! Especially when the giant comes in! OMG those faces he makes are hilarious. And those legs! They are so perfect. That whole part blew me away! Now to watch the rest! Thanks Milton!

Milton Knight said...

You're welcome! Glad you're enjoying them.