Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Walt's Windows - Tommy Tucker's Tooth

When reading Leslie Iwerks and John Kenworthy’ s The Hand Behind the Mouse: An Intimate Biography of the Man Walt Disney Called “The Greatest Animator in the World” numerous animated short films are mentioned that many are not familiar with. I found that it was helpful and enriched my reading experience to reference these short films, with many of them available for viewing online.

The following is the most well-known short from Ub Iwerks’ and Walt Disney’s Laugh-O-Gram Studio in Kansas City:

The ten minute short Tommy Tucker’s Tooth from 1922, is a traditional black and white silent movie, with cards narrating the text and dialogue. It is an educational film, that combined live action and animation. I was surprised how little animation there was. But the scenes that blend live action and animation, though simple in our current day, were likely an interesting challenge for Iwerks.

Remember, brush your teeth get a job!

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