Saturday, January 29, 2011

Now Hear This 1962

The last in our series of Chuck Jones animated projects, this was produced by Warner Brothers, shortly before Jones decamped for MGM. It's a delightful pastiche of graphic elements, fields of color and fonts and musical ques and sound effects. The story line is ultra simple - an English gentleman who is hard of hearing discards his old ear trumpet for one he happens upon. The new trumpet turns out to be the horn of a devil and causes him no end of very clever problems. It's an exercise in visual and aural jokes and gags that is very sophisticated and enjoyable.

This short, like last weeks is available on a compilation of animated shorts - Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 6. It's rarely, if ever screened on TV and because it doesn't feature any of the signature WB characters it is mostly unknown. The short is above, uploaded to YouTube by xJxPxH.

Obscurity factor: 9 (rarely if ever screened, largely unknown, available on DVD)

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