KING MIDAS - Greed
could have been better shown than by the use of lyrics. (Miller)
5. How to modernize, twist
and pep up a fable.
In COUNTRY MOUSE AND
CITY MOUSE an old fable is modernized and twisted to give it cartoon
possibilities. The props are familiar and the situation remains logical
and peppy. Yet the meat of the old story remains. (Penner)
AND ANTS successfully modernized an old fable. The story was considerably
pepped up, however, by first portraying the Grasshopper's philosophy
which necessarily must be changed as the story runs it's course. Also,
the strong contrast of the seasons added an all-human element that greatly
strengthened the picture. (Algar)
6. Modernization of an old
character, with a new twist, mannerisms, putting him in a new
presents an interesting attempt at the modernization of an old character.
Mickey's holding the general in his hand, catching the bucking horses
by the tail, shooting marbles at the tiny soldiers and blowing the ships
about, were all fresh and interesting touches to the familiar Gulliver
The pictures now in production demonstrate the point that old characters
can be given new settings.
starts with the original premise "All for one and one for all" and proceeds
to give it a humorous twist. The three characters derive from the originals
also, except that they are blind which immediately gives them a new
set of mannerisms. It is the novelty of locale and relationship that
make such a picture fresh.
TOWN AND COUNTRY MOUSE
takes the urban dandy and the country rube as it's main characters.
Each must be given his individual personality, attitude, etc. Abner's
straw-chewing habit is a minor mannerism that indicates his ignorance
of city manners - perhaps even his scorn for the conventional; hence
it enhances his personality. Monty's constant consciousness of noise
and the necessity of quiet is another trait indicative of his personality.
In MICKEY'S FIRE
BRIGADE, Clarabelle, cast as a singer in a bathtub, found new vitality
in the role. Her female characteristics were exaggerated and successfully
The duck character is given a new twist, that of actually charging into
a fight when heretofore he has only been a big bluff, and a coward at