Speaking of Animals, Volume 2

Animals talk -- and crack jokes -- in these hilarious shorts combining live-action and animation from the master cartoonists at the Looney Tunes stable.
Speaking of Animals, Volume 2
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DVD-R Details

  • Run Time: 1 hours, 20 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released: March 7, 2017
  • Originally Released: 1945
  • Label: Alpha Video

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Animals can talk -- and a whole lot more -- in these hilarious shorts combining live-action and animation from the mind of master cartoonist Tex Avery! In 1941, Avery left Warner Brothers after a falling out with studio exec Leon Schlesinger. He then approached his old friend Jerry Fairbanks, producer of Paramount's Unusual Occupations and Popular Mechanics shorts, with a proposal Schlesinger had long ago rejected called Speaking of Animals. Its conceit was superimposing animated mouths onto live-action animals, creating the illusion that they could talk, sing, and crack jokes. Avery's intent was to point out that the problems of humans were none too different from that of your average cocker spaniel. The first entry in the series, Down on the Farm, was a hit, and was even nominated for Best Short Subject at the 1942 Academy Awards. Avery soon moved on to MGM, only working on the first three shorts. But Fairbanks took the animator's idea and ran with it, eventually producing 50 of these mini-movies before the series ended in 1950. The trademark special effect was accomplished by filming actors in black face, their lips painted white to make them more visible. The resulting images would be traced frame by frame, reshot as animation and then matted onto live-action footage of the actual animals. Fairbanks hired Lou Lily and Manny Gould from Bob Clampett's unit at Warner Brothers to direct the shorts. Scripts were provided by Bill Scott, later to become co-producer with Jay Ward of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show as well as the voice of Bullwinkle himself (Fairbanks also coincidentally produced Ward's first series, Crusader Rabbit.) Once eagerly anticipated by the Saturday matinee crowd, these shorts were later very popular on children's television shows in the 1950s and 60s, meaning that generations of kids grew up with Speaking of Animals .

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  • Sales Rank: 7,973
  • UPC: 089218792099
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