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Comments on Spectorphile: Paramount/Famous Storyboard: Top Cat (2nd half)





Updated: 2017-06-04T12:00:50.761-04:00

 



From my own "episode guide" I wrote:Top Cat (July ...

2009-01-14T14:17:00.000-05:00

From my own "episode guide" I wrote:
Top Cat (July 1960)
Direction: Seymour Kneitel
Animation: Izzy Klein, Morey Reden
Story: Irving Spector
Scenics: Robert Owen
Music: Winston Sharples

I really like the stylized, blocky look of the characters in this era.



Paul --Network suits and corporate lawyers apparen...

2009-01-14T13:19:00.000-05:00

Paul --

Network suits and corporate lawyers apparently don't change over decades. Sullivan never seemed to have trouble having Will Jordan on doing impressions of him, so I would think whatever negativity came out of CBS probably never even reached Ed's level (and actually, the Edward R. Murrow parody your dad did for "The Inquisit Visit" was a lot more biting against a CBS employee than Ed Solvent was. But since Murrow was gone to work for the Kennedy Administration by the time that cartoon came out, CBS probably didn't care as much about the satire).



Thanks for the compliments, Will. I've a mind to ...

2009-01-13T18:20:00.000-05:00

Thanks for the compliments, Will. I've a mind to scan the boards into PowerPoint, play the slideshow at quadruple speed, and let our brains fool us into what we think we see ;)



Your father's drawings always have so much vitalit...

2009-01-13T17:18:00.000-05:00

Your father's drawings always have so much vitality and personal flair--i can't get enough. i would love to have seen a storyboard like this just inbetweened and shot as drawn.



J, always appreciate your comments. Actually, now ...

2009-01-13T17:16:00.000-05:00

J, always appreciate your comments. Actually, now you've given me pause for thought about some of my own. I'm wondering if in fact my father never had a formal song and dance section, but some other series of gags (15 missing boards is a lot) along the lines of "the hat makes the man", or somesuch. That might explain what you mentioned about the original ending gag not being in the finished film at all i.e., a directorial decision to just completely remove the closing gag and tag the whole thing with the musical reprise.

As far Cool Cat's Ed Solvent. My father once told me that Paramount originally, for the theatrical release I think, passed it by Sullivan's CBS people, who did not take kindly to the idea of ol' Ed being made fun of. And if I remember correctly Paramount blinked a few times before release. Yes, satire and parody are immune to that, but I get the feeling that Paramount was a bunch of scaredy cats, not cool cats ;)



The ending as your dad storyboarded it looks bette...

2009-01-13T15:30:00.000-05:00

The ending as your dad storyboarded it looks better than the end as it ended up, with the reprise of "When You're Wearing the Right Hat" number -- watching it now, you're waiting for the iris/fade out gag that never comes, after a series of pretty decent gags for a 1960 short (like I said in an earlier thread, the stories your dad and Eddie Lawrence did tended to be more adult than the ones coming from Jack Mercer, Carl Meyer or some of the others from the late 50s-early 60s period, at a time when the animation cuts had made a strong story mandatory to have any shot at a good cartoon).

Also, the "Smiling Ed" gag in "Cool Cat Blues" was my absolute favorite out of all the Noveltoons/Modern Madcaps from the 1960-62 period that aired starting in 1963 on ABC (TV show lifespans being what they are, it was one of the few contemporary gags from a theatrical cartoon that was still relevant by the time it actually made it to TV, so even us kindergarteners could get the reference).