Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Littlest Tramp



Tom Minton had a heartwarming story he wanted to tell inspired by an old Columbia cartoon.

I wanted to squeeze my hero into the story.

Kirk Douglas clip 1
MY IMMACULATE WIFE

So we combined them and made a real tear jerker to prove to the world how much pathos oozed from us.








INTERMISSION

You're probably wondering why Kirk has an English accent. I don't know either. Ralph did me a favor and directed the voice because he thought I was too busy, so it came back as a wacky surprise.

I would have to save my intensity characters for later cartoons...




PART 2 LITTLEST TRAMP


Kirk Douglas clip 2
EVERYTHING GOOD AND PURE

TRIVIA:
The title of the cartoon (and Polly Pineblossom wanting MM to help those less fortunate than her) was inspired by a show I watched growing up in Canada.

http://www.angelfire.com/retro/cta/Can/LittlestHobo1963.wav






Kirk Douglas clip 3 - Live On The Ken Murray Show



Anyone wanna hear backstories of the making of this and other MM cartoons? I'm still working on the chipmunks one.

BTW, I'm pitching the concept of sponsoring online shows like this, with bumpers, shorts and ads attached, so toss in a short comment if you like the format...(a clean one, if possible!)

Thanks!

John

33 comments:

Ardy said...

Did Mighty Mouse just snort cocaine? I'm reporting you to Blogger, no more All Kinds of Stuff, we've got to get this filth off our internet.

Kali Fontecchio said...

The plot reminded me of Chaplin's City Lights.

Those Kirk drawings are CRAZY. The cartoon got a lot funnier by the end, but mostly the whole thing was really weird. Kirk looks so maniacal. Mighty Mouse spanking him was pretty perverted too....

The kissing scene is great! Neck wrinkles!!!!!!!!!!

Nico said...

That is weird about seeing Kirk and hearing an evil englishman. Very weird cartoon, but fun! Backstories please!

AdamYoung said...

they really need to get the Bakshi Mighty Mouse on DVD. I'd buy that stuff in a second.

Julián höek said...

backstories, backstories, backstories!!!

Andy said...

That cartoon is great! Hope you go into the backstories.

And damn, Kirk Douglas is awesome... thanks heaps for posting these clips. They're amazing.

Andy

Black Wolf said...

Classics. Love the videos man.

CaseyBugCreations said...

I could watch those Mighty Mouse clips all day.

-CBC

Shawn said...

Yes! More backstories, please!

That cartoon was great! I love the Kirk drawings!

Taber said...

What was that thing she did to MM's hand when she implored him to not punch anyone..? It was really quick and made me laugh because I have no idea what it was.

lastangelman said...

WOW! WHAT A KISS! And she is a hot sexy cartoon mouse. A great episode, funny ridiculous pathos, wild crazy poses, a spanking and an explosion while cute forest creatures are looking on! What's there not like - unless you hate people, like the Rev Wildmon does. He hates fun of any kind. Maybe someone should be kind to him, make him see the error of his ways - nahhhhh! It'll all end up in wedding bells and explosions.

Jay said...

Back stories, please! I watched MM religiously when I was 8. It got me on the right path. I've never been the same since.

flashcartoons said...

your posts always have good history

that Kirk Douglas video was really funny

the yogi intense scene was fun to watch, what parts on mighty mouse did you animate? or all?

Chris Wyatt said...

That Englishman's drawn weirdly when he's walking out of the church, that scene freaked me out a bit.

In reply to Taber: That weird thing she did to MMs hand was just a gesture I think, some people (and human mice) are just touchy-feely I s'pose. Great acting though, great cartoon.

q.j.p. said...

Hello John,

I missed posting this to your earlier entry, so please accept my apologies for typing comments unrelated to the present topic.

You mention the necessity for life drawing to be focused upon slow, careful observance of perspective (amongst other things). Are there any books that you can recommend which will go into greater detail regarding this specific approach, so that I can undertake life-drawing after the fashion that you recommend? Or, alternatively, might you blog about life-drawing at some not-too-distant future date?

Thank you.

indoorkid said...

1. Polly Pineblossom looks a little like Adrienne Shelley. Just saying.
2. These aren't recent, right? I mean, this was a cartoon you and Bakshi worked in the 80s?

JohnK said...

Yeah, it's from 1987.

The first show I had any real control over.

Wicks for Candlesticks said...

Nice cartoon. Viewing them now as an adult is really eye opening. There is so much weirdness in it. I wish i could remember what 8 year old David must have thought when watching these? Especially seeing such a passionate kiss between different species. Now I know why I had so much trouble comprehending romantic relationships as a teen.

I love the structure of these clips. It feels like a mix-tape of cartoons. Every clip helps build on the viewing experience. Gives it a coherent feel. Like someone actually gives a crap about sticking relevant material that ties into the feature shows. Nowadays, I guess, they just throw in commercials from the highest bidders. Hope that made some sense.

-David O.

Callum said...

Despite Mighty Mouse having never aired in the UK as far as I know, I'm really interested in hearing the backstories etc.
And I really like the bumpers/shorts/ads/main feature format of cartoons, providing the ads are relevant (even better if they're animated and in the same style as the cartoon.

R. Banuelos said...

"BTW, I'm pitching the concept of sponsoring online shows like this, with bumpers, shorts and ads attached, so toss in a short comment if you like the format...(a clean one, if possible!)"

I think it's a swell format. I've seen some NBC shows that have direct sponsorship again. Leno had a full fledged TAG comercial at the end of his momlouge.
Comercials are getting funnier too; it would be fun to see a series that actually works on the internet. I hope it pans out.

Whit said...

With Dan Rather suing and Spielberg, Geffen and Katzenberg threatening to leave him, Viacom king for life Sumner Redstone should cherish "The Littlest Tramp" as his most gleaming corporate asset. A DVD Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures boxed set is in order. Forget exploiting the creative people of today! Redstone could blaze new trails and exploit the people who worked their butts off a full two decades ago! And if he's in a really good mood after that, he can always re-hire his own daughter Shari and fire her again, but that might parallel the story line of "The Littlest Tramp" a bit too much for the elderly, rotting, billionaire douchebag. Let us pray.

akira said...

i think it's a great format for watching cartoons! if you were advertising the mighty mouse cartoon dvd set you'd be selling them like hotcakes!

Jay said...

Just so you know, you're latest post crashes my browser when I'm using firefox. Maybe too many youtube videos? It's fine on safari for some reason…

Could be why there's not more comments then this! Just so you know!

Charlie J. said...

Did you ever get to meet Kirk? Did he ever see your cartoons?

PCUnfunny said...

I would love to see more ads and bumpers from you John. I also hope you give us a status update of your new studio soon.

Dove said...

ahhh I love this show. Was obsessed with it when I was a smelly 7 year old kid. Petey Pate rocks my socks too.

Trevour said...

I am also in agreement about you creating an online show format of shorts, bumpers, and ads! It's the perfect seamless way to be entertained AND marketed to! I've been sitting through these pieces you've been putting together and I've been watching EVERY clip. I highly recommend this and I support your pitch!

Mitch said...

Such a format would be great for a online show! Can't wait for something like that.

And I need to have a NTC dvd player so I can order some dvd's. I didn't see alot of mighty mouse when I whas young. Too bad..

lastangelman said...

Hey John K,
I got an Amazon.com alert in my e-mail on Looney Tunes-Golden Collection Vol 5 - aw-right you're doing commentaries - but wait, what's this? what's this? - WHHHAAAAT? Why the hell is Michael Barrier doing the commentary on Tales Of Two Kitties? Why is that walking snorefest doing any commentaries on anything? NO insight, NO idea, NO sense and NO sale! This is imbecilic! This is moronic! This is idiocy beyond the pale! How can anyone who claims to love cartoons allow this lumbering slumberbreath to speak? Even the First Amendment must have limits ... agony! Agony! A-GO-NEEEEE!
Well, at least you, Eddie and Kali are on Buckaroo Bunny commentary.

Chris Wyatt said...

To Callum, I think Mighty Mouse did air in the UK, may have been ITV but I'm not sure. I remember watching it as a kid (vaguely, very distorted memories) and as a kid I had 4 terrestrial channels, no Sky, no cable. I don't think I caught it that often but from what I did, I liked it and wanted to see more, that and Ren & Stimpy made a lasting impression on me as a kid which is why I rediscovered them later on.

Paul Stadden said...

Yes, we want those online sponsor supported shows! Please make them!

Oh, and we would love to hear more about the tree weasels.

Jim Rockford said...

GREAT CARTOON!,I ALSO LIKED THE "TREE WEASELS" CHIPMUNK PARODY.
POST THE BACK STORYS!

cartoon lad said...

This cartoon is really funny how Kirk-villan is crying at the end.Everybody wants a new Spumco online series-with related toys!