The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Art of Animation #1

Rooty Toot Toot
(John Hubley; 1951)


swac said...

Great series idea, and a perfect way to start it, with Hubley's groundbreaking short, animated in part by none other than the creator of Betty Boop (and lead animator of Disney's Snow White), Grim Natwick.

The voice of Thurl Ravenscroft is just the icing on the cake. And is it just me or does Johnny look like a relative of Dan Backslide from Chuck Jones' equally ahead-of-its-time The Dover Boys of Pimento U?

sabutin said...

So...who was the female singer in the score?

swac said...

According to VoiceChasers, the female voices were by Annette Warren, and as far as they know this is her only cartoon credit. She also dubbed Ava Gardner's singing voice in Show Boat, and Lucille Ball's in Sorrowful Jones and Fancy Pants.

swac said...

She seemed to have something of a tomboy image, but here she is in cheesecake mode: