Friday, November 20, 2009

Goldberg Variations?



Is it just me or has the avowed Looney Tunes fan Eric Goldberg managed to sneak a "Chuck Jones cheek" into a Disney feature? It's visible in all the official stills of Louis. Anyway, this alligator is the one character I'm really excited about.

left: standard Disney stock smile  -  right: specific Chuck Jones smile



Jones even managed to use it on Daffy's beak,


whereas Disney characters always follow the natural shape of the curved flesh.

10 comments:

Malcolm said...

Very interesting observations. A lot of animator's are giving Louis more love than the other characters. Then again, I wouldn't expect less from anything Goldberg has done.

Bob Flynn said...

Love this observation.

louis de la taille said...

I like that kind of observation !

Anonymous said...

Why is a cartoon of child molestor Woody Allen at the head of your site? Now there's an observation I made.

Oswald Iten said...

@Anonymous: If you want to imply that I support child molesters: Decidedly no, I don’t! I just happen to like Woody Allen’s screenpersona and his films. I'm aware that his jokes are not everybody's cup of tea. But I certainly didn’t draw him to offend anybody.
For the record, I don’t approve of all his private life decisions, but Soon-Yi was almost 22 in 1992 and Allen was cleared of the charges of having molested his adopted daughter Dylan. In case you were alluding to that.

Next time, give your name please.

ame.art said...

...you know for being such a Chuck Jones fan, I feel a bit ashamed that I had to look closely to see what you were talking about. Good eye!

(great now I wanna watch it even more...)

Lee said...

Great work noticing this, I love this kind of stuff!

Pete Emslie said...

Though I enjoy this observed comparison to the typical Chuck Jones mouth design, I suspect that Eric was actually just trying to get back to the interesting configuration of a real gator's cheek. I used to sketch these beasts regularly at Gatorland in Kissimmee, Florida, and was always struck by that interesting plumped up cheek and the corner of the mouth that curls into what really looks like a conniving smile. They are quite fun to draw, and excellent models to sketch from life, since they lie still for some time before inevitably sliding down the bank back into the water!

Oswald Iten said...

@Pete Emslie: You might be right, of course. After seeing this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPcZWsQgoQI
(about two minutes in, Goldberg talks about the more gator-like cheeks) I'd say you are definitely right. Although one does not exclude the other.

Pete Emslie said...

I hadn't seen that video presentation before I made my comment, but it certainly is interesting to find out that's what Eric Goldberg was specifically trying to accomplish. Thanks for posting that link, Oswald!