A conversation with Tex Avery

A Con­ver­sa­tion with Tex Avery by Carl­Stallin­gEn­thu­si­ast

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The Return of Mr. Bean — The Animated Series

Rowan Atkinson’s pro­duc­tion com­pany, Tiger Aspect, is ramp­ing up pro­duc­tion on a new set of episodes of Mr. Bean — The Ani­mated Series. This new sea­son is to be pro­duced entirely in house in Lon­don. To see the press release, CLICK HERE.

And they are hir­ing! If you would like to learn more, CLICK HERE.

Rowan Atkin­son was closely involved in the pro­duc­tion of the ear­lier sea­sons, and I imag­ine he will be even more avail­able with the work going on in his own stu­dio. Mr. Bean is a great exam­ple of how a tele­vi­sion series can be pro­duced rely­ing on visual sto­ry­telling, rather than a dia­log filled script.

It’s fan­tas­tic to have an actor who owns his char­ac­ter tak­ing such good care of his prop­erty. Here is a sam­ple of Mr. Bean — The Ani­mated Series.

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Silent” another Moonbot short film featuring Morris Lessmore.

This is clearly influ­enced by Keaton’s film “Sher­lock Jr.”

And here is nice, short, mak­ing of video to go along with it.

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Get A Horse! animation test.

Check out this fun test made for the recent Mickey Mouse short film, Get A Horse.

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Where Homer Simpson got his “D’oh”


I have been read­ing Mixed Nuts by Lawrence J. Ept­stein. It’s about com­edy teams in Amer­ica. In a sec­tion on Lau­rel and Hardy, he has this lit­tle tidbit:

Most com­edy teams had an author­ity fig­ure to bal­ance a rebel­lious spirit– a straight man to rein in the comic. But not Lau­rel and Hardy. Ollie thought he was in charge and acted as though he were a par­ent or older sib­ling, but, of course, he clearly wasn’t.

Inno­vat­ing, Lau­rel and Hardy deployed some­one out­side the team to play the straight­man. Jimmy Fin­layson, pop­u­larly called fin, was the out­sider they most often used. Fin­layson inad­ver­tently made a con­tri­bu­tion to Amer­i­can cul­ture. Because of cen­sors, Fin­layson was not allowed to swear in the movies. He wanted, how­ever to express annoy­ance, and where he would ordi­nar­ily have used the word “damn,” he sub­sti­tuted a sound, ”D’ooooh” one famous scene in which he does this is in Way out West, when he is try­ing to pass off one woman for another to get a deed to a gold mine. He calls out the woman’s name, expect­ing the imposter to appear, but the real woman shows up. He is intensely frus­trated and lets out his “D’oooohh.” Years later, Dan Castel­lan­eta was hired to be the voice of the ani­mated char­ac­ter Homer Simp­son and was read­ing a script in which he was called upon to make an “annoyed grunt.” He asked Matt Groen­ing, the series cre­ator, what that meant and was told to make what­ever sound he wished. Castel­lan­eta imi­tated Fin­layson. Groen­ing told him to speed the sound up and “D’oh” was born.

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