Happy 100-th birthday to the King of Cartoons!
I already wanted to make a post about this cartoon earlier in the month, but today seems to be a good occasion to do it. SH-H-H-H-H-H is Tex Avery's last theatrical cartoon, produced during his brief return to Walter Lantz studio, where he began his career 25 years earlier, working on Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Despite the low budgets, inferior animators and soundtrack (compared to his MGM films), Avery created an extraordinary and slightly disturbing cartoon. At the same time, it's for me a very sad cartoon to watch, because it gives me the similar feeling like listening to the last Beatles recordings - it marks the end of the brilliant and groundbreaking career that finished prematurely.
Enjoy these screenshots from SH-H-H-H-H-H, the final statement from one of the greatest and most innovative artists of the 20th century.
Happy Birthday Tex, and thank you for the legacy of laughter!
Here are the other Tex Avery cartoons featured on this blog so far (with promise of much more to come next month):
And take a look at this nice tribute to Tex by David Germain:
David Germain's tribute to Tex Avery
David made a funny comic that features Avery (and the other two of the greatest cartoon directors), and also set up a wonderful collection of links to the large quantity of complete Tex Avery cartoons. Don't miss it!
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