Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Eveready Harton in Buried Treasure, Anonymous, 1929



Don't say I didn't give you fair warning when you're watching this and you've got schvantzes all up on your screen when your boss sneaks up behind you.

If you've ever seen a naughty cartoon before, you know that most of them are not so great. This is a bit different - when I first saw an excerpt, I noticed that the animation, despite being a bit spare, was quite well done. There's a reason for that.

From the wiki:

The artists are unknown, but a widespread rumor states that a group of famous animators created the film for a private party in honor of Winsor McCay.[1] Disney animator Ward Kimball gave the following account of the history of the short:

The first porno-cartoon was made in New York. It was called "Eveready Harton" and was made in the late 20's, silent, of course—by three studios. Each one did a section of it without telling the other studios what they were doing. Studio A finished the first part and gave the last drawing to Studio B [...] Involved were Max Fleischer, Paul Terry and the Mutt and Jeff studio. They didn't see the finished product till the night of the big show. A couple of guys who were there tell me the laughter almost blew the top off the hotel where they were screening it.[1]

Some pretty impressive names were supposedly involved in the project, but none of them seem to have definitively stuck.

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