Sunday, March 22, 2015


I've been enjoying the loose, flashy animation of Grim Natwick & Bill Nolan. Two of the most advanced silent era animators, their splashy employment of graphic design were unsurpassed. This decorative approach to animation fell out of favor during the sound era, when Disney focused more on virtuoso movement than the stylings of the printed page. Terrytoons remained the main practitioners of the style until UPA rose to power in the late 1940s.

Be warned: the KRAZY KATs are not canon Herriman; they feature a generic Felix ripoff. (Nolan worked on FELIX, too.) If you are easily offended, I advise you stop right here.

Best Wishes, MK.

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