Early Cartoons – How Did the Animation Go Wrong?

At any time noticed the cartoon demonstrates were animated before 1950’s seem to be to have more life and exaggeration to it? For example, have you ever compared a 1940’s Looney Tunes cartoon to a 1960’s Flintstones animation? tricks and tips

You know before I actually begin, if you’re interested, why don’t you Yahoo, sit back relax and have a look at the two animation videos I listed below. Find out if you can point out different things about them, and of course you don’t have to wact a film. Although if you can just for fun, just take a maximum. 

The first video is a Looney Tune animation in short supply of Daffy Duck/Elmer Fudd called To Duck or Never to Duck. The toon short was a Warner Bros. production that was released to theaters in 1943. Yes, you got it 43…

The second show is a Flintstones cartoon, Simply no Help Wanted, which started on ABC’s TV network in 1960. Yes, Again 1960…

So go mind, don’t be afraid to give it a shot, take a look and I’ll come back later. Trust me, We will be right back.

Okay, so notice any differences? Yes? Obviously you did! But for fun let’s assume you didn’t.

Though by looking at both the videos it can blatantly evident that the animation in Looney Tracks seem to be considerably more fluent and exciting. Personally, I was drawn in by the exaggerations of the computer animation. Where as, the Flintstones portrayed little to no animation movements in any way. In fact, I was getting very annoyed by the frequent isolation of the bobbing heads.

I was having regular reminders of driving to work, viewing the Bobblehead bobbing again and forth in the corner of my vision on the dashboard. With all honesty, I aren’t believe this was even regarded as being a form of animation. But hey, We guess it falls under the same thought of The young taylor being a country artist.

So just why the step back? Why is a 1943 cartoon more creatively appealing than a 60 cartoon? (And even some of today’s cartoons. )

Simple, looking forward to it?

Back in the 1940’s and even before the 1940’s, cartoons were called ‘theatrical cartoon shorts’. These cartoons were formerly released to theaters and only theaters. They were considered side shows or previews for a premiering live action film. Just about all cartoon shorts were only about 5-7 minutes long hence, the key reason why they were called ‘shorts’.

However the real key to why these cartoon shorts were more desirable than early TV toon shows were due to a couple of things.

First, there were typically, approximately 10-13 theatrical cartoon shorts produced every year for a supplying studio, with each animation being only a few minutes long. Nevertheless , for TV cartoon shows, galleries were producing a new show each week with an overall total run time of approximately 20 minutes.

Of course to effectively produce a 20 minute show each week, the quality of the animation had to be cut. Often times computer animation cells or backgrounds would be re-used multiple times in several shows. (You’d probably noticed this a whole lot. )

For animators and the animation studio, the process wasn’t very fun, challenging or thrilling. Yet as for networks, they did not care if the animation was advantages or disadvantages. The only thing they cared about were the ratings.

Although wait… There’s more…

Cartoon studios for TV marketing networks were given very small budgets. Inside the early on 1950’s studios received around $2, 500-$3, 000 to produce a 20 little cartoon. Does it audio like a lot? Very well it does until you compare the cost it took to produced the worlds first Technicolor toon short Flowers and Trees and shrubs (1932), which turns away to be a whooping $27, 500 with a runtime of 8 minutes.

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