Rubber Hose Animation
"Swing, You Sinners"

The following 4 posts all accompany John K's upcoming articles on Rubber Hose Animation

Swing, You Sinners (Fleischer Studios, 1930)

These screengrabs were take from the quicktime file uploaded at the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive Blog.


At 5:30 AM, Blogger R2K said...

Some crazy stuff :)

At 7:52 AM, Blogger The GagaMan(n) said...

Sweet, now this is what animation should be about: doing stuff that's impossible.

At 12:03 PM, Blogger Pedro Vargas said...

hey thanks for showing us these screen grabs! I'm in love w/ your blog! You're incredibly talented!


At 3:04 PM, Blogger Chloe Cumming said...

I totally plugged your white blog on my grey blog. It was on my mind. It infiltrated my consciousness.

These screen grabs are exciting me unreasonably.

At 7:43 PM, Blogger S.G.A said...

oooooooh, THaaaank yooooo , this is my favorite stuff, have you seen any of the old japanese cartoons like these,... If I have driven myself mad trying to get copies of old rubber hose style japanese folk tales, I can only ever find little pics. Boy would I love to see some of those.

At 10:38 AM, Blogger Marc Deckter said...

Hi Alex - thanks for stopping by!

At 10:39 AM, Blogger Marc Deckter said...

Hey GagaMan(n) - I couldn't agree more!

At 10:41 AM, Blogger Marc Deckter said...

Thanks for the nice words, Pedro! I like your recent cartoony paintings!

At 10:52 AM, Blogger Marc Deckter said...

Hi Chloe - thanks for the nice plug on your grey blog!

I've been thinking recently that maybe I should start splitting my blogs up too - personal artwork and inspiring artwork.

I really enjoy your writing - especially your dream descriptions. I love that you asked the old woman in your dream if she had been there before!

Hopefully some of these Fleischer cartoon characters can infiltrate your dreams next....

At 10:55 AM, Blogger Marc Deckter said...

Hi S.G.A. - you're welcome! This is my favorite stuff too.

I'd like to see some of those old rubber hose Japanese folk tales too.

Those Fleischer model sheets you've been posting on your blog are great!

At 10:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this cartoon - also "Bimbo's Initiation" The animation is so loose & spontaneous and random - It seems to be drawing directly from the subconscious and from deams. I've had dreams all my life of being chased by nightmarish creatures - I don't know if it's an archetypal thing, or it's a result of seeing Fleisher cartoons on TV as a child. Do you know how much of this was animated by Grim Natwick?

Kent B

At 11:39 AM, Blogger Marc Deckter said...

Hi Kent,

Thanks for visiting my site!

Shamus Culhane describes some of the production of "Swing, You Sinners" in his book "Talking Animals and Other People":

Weeks of the most hectic work followed. Sears went around redrawing clumsy layout drawings; Grim, who designed all the characters, would look at the sweaty drawings and say in his Wisconsin drawl "Waaal now, this looks pretty goddamn good!" Then he would proceed to sit down and redraw half the animation. Dave would follow close behind and flip the drawings and nod approval. (p.37)

It looks and sounds to me like Grim did a majority of this cartoon!

At 1:24 PM, Blogger MikeMatei said...

is there somewhere online where you can actually watch swing, you sinners? it looks awesome.

At 10:34 PM, Blogger Marc Deckter said...

Hi Mike,

Stephen Worth uploaded a quicktime version of "Swing, You Sinners" at the ASIFA Archive blog.

You really should check it out!

At 7:31 PM, Blogger David Nethery said...

I am astounded by this cartoon , but I have to admit that every time I view it I have the weirdest dreams/nightmares for several nights afterwards ... I can't stop viewing the scenes from this film , my eyes close ,but my mind won't stop replaying these weird scenes . It's an amazing short. Could anything like it be done today ? This was released in theaters ? Can you imagine ? !!!


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