Για αρχή, το βραβευμένο με Oscar animation short του βρετανού animator Daniel Greaves με τίτλο Manipulation.
A cartoon character is drawn and then rubbed out. He reappears, tries to stay on screen and then tries to escape his creator's clutches. This unfortunate state of affairs for the character gives rise to a series of funny situations. This is literal manipulation, as well as a reflection on manipulation in the figurative sense.
Daniel Greaves' Oscar-winning film cleverly mixes human hands and a drawn animated character. This technique is called pixilation, shooting the live action of the hands frame by frame alongside the character animation, making them to appear to be interacting with one another. What makes the film funny is the anticipation and the sense of the unexpected, and the way in which it playfully comments on the animation process.
Στη συνέχεια, ένα από τα καλύτερα έργα του μεγάλου δάσκαλου των cartoon, Chuck Jones, το Duck Amuck.
Duck Amuck is a surreal animated cartoon directed by Chuck Jones and produced by Warner Bros. Cartoons. The short was released in early 1953 by The Vitaphone Corporation, the short subject division of Warner Bros. Pictures, as part of the Merrie Melodies series. It stars Daffy Duck, who is tormented by a seemingly sadistic, initially unseen animator, who constantly changes Daffy's locations, clothing, voice, physical appearance and even shape. Pandemonium reigns throughout the cartoon as Daffy attempts to steer the action back to some kind of normality, only for the animator to either ignore him or, more frequently, to over-literally interpret his increasingly frantic demands.
In 1994, it was voted #2 of The 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field, losing only to What's Opera, Doc? Historians and fans consider Duck Amuck to be Daffy Duck's magnum opus, and What's Opera, Doc? to be Bugs's, so the positions at #2 and #1 are appropriate. The short was included on Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1.
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