11 episodes

Welcome to Thad Komorowski and Bob Jaques' podcast examining the best classic cartoons ever made. And just why were they the best? Cartoon Logic!

That’s just what we’ll be diving into each episode: historical overviews on a given topic, scene-by-scene analysis and highlights from classic shorts, intricate breakdowns from an animator’s POV, occasional animator and historian guests… all you could ever want to know about ancient cartoons in this modern age, from two gents who’ve done the research and are just bursting to share that knowledge with our listenership.

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Welcome to Thad Komorowski and Bob Jaques' podcast examining the best classic cartoons ever made. And just why were they the best? Cartoon Logic!

That’s just what we’ll be diving into each episode: historical overviews on a given topic, scene-by-scene analysis and highlights from classic shorts, intricate breakdowns from an animator’s POV, occasional animator and historian guests… all you could ever want to know about ancient cartoons in this modern age, from two gents who’ve done the research and are just bursting to share that knowledge with our listenership.

    Cartoon Logic Episode 11: Frank Tashlin (Tale of Two Mice)

    Cartoon Logic Episode 11: Frank Tashlin (Tale of Two Mice)

    Frank Tashlin, "the world's greatest yo-yo", made stylized, side-splitting cartoons for Warners that are among the studio's most unique. We discuss his early origins in New York cartooning, his innovative work with animator Art Davis, the influence live-action comedy had on Warner humor (and vice-versa), and what might be the most underrated WB cartoon of the '40s, "Tale of Two Mice"! Hey, Babbit!!!

    • 55 min
    Cartoon Logic Episode 10: Mark Kausler Remembers Hugh Harman and Rudy Ising

    Cartoon Logic Episode 10: Mark Kausler Remembers Hugh Harman and Rudy Ising

    Our inaugural guest is animator, historian, and national treasure Mark Kausler, who talks with us about his friends, cartoon pioneers Hugh Harman and Rudy Ising, two of Walt Disney's original top animators and the gents who got WB and MGM into the cartoon shorts business. Topics include: the early days in Kansas City with Walt! The genesis of Bosko! Booze crazed horses! Battling the studio bosses! And did Joe Barbera have anything to do with Hugh's adaptation of "Gray's Elegy" going missing?

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Cartoon Logic Episode 09: A Paramount Pictures Christmas

    Cartoon Logic Episode 09: A Paramount Pictures Christmas

    This week it's Yuletide cheer times five from the Fleischer and Famous studios, with Popeye, Bluto, Olive Oyl, Grampy, Herman & Katnip, and Baby Huey! We discuss how these Christmas cartoons were mostly made by Jewish producers and animators, the incredible strengths of Seasin's Greetinks! from Popeye's first year, Grampy's gift for joy-giving inventions being a perfect fit for the holidays, and the first ever feline corpse as a Christmas tree!

    • 58 min
    Cartoon Logic Episode 08: Friz Freleng (Rabbit Every Monday)

    Cartoon Logic Episode 08: Friz Freleng (Rabbit Every Monday)

    The Dean of Cartoons, Friz Freleng, is this week’s focus, zeroing in on his ‘40s golden era as Warner’s “senior director”, which birthed Warner superstars and earned the studio its first Oscar! Our cartoon discussion is the Freleng directed-and-written Rabbit Every Monday, one of his many classic Bugs Bunny vs. Yosemite Sam battles – and a prime example of Cartoon Logic that proves 1/3 of a cartoon can be engagingly centered around a single shot of a stove!

    • 55 min
    Cartoon Logic Episode 07: Walter & Woody (Who's Cookin' Who?)

    Cartoon Logic Episode 07: Walter & Woody (Who's Cookin' Who?)

    Walter Lantz produced cartoons that rarely aspired to be more than gag-driven potboilers. But once in a while some talented guys strived to do more within those restraints. Hear the stories of Lantz's early days and his prized creation Woody Woodpecker. We also analyze the brutal and beautiful Who's Cookin' Who?, directed by the great Shamus Culhane, a cartoon that shows just how painful a meat grinder can be!

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Cartoon Logic Episode 06: Myth-Guided History - The Early Days of Bugs and Elmer (Wabbit Twouble)

    Cartoon Logic Episode 06: Myth-Guided History - The Early Days of Bugs and Elmer (Wabbit Twouble)

    This week is our first installment of Myth-Guided History, where we set the record straight on common cartoon history fallacies. We chat about the conception and development of beloved Warner stars Bugs Bunny (who was never "Happy Rabbit") and Elmer Fudd! And our dissection of Wabbit Twouble offers a not-so-startling revelation itself... And it ain't Big Chungus!

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

joecab ,

feel the classic animation love

Boy, do I love me anyone discussing old animation. And here they are! Thad and Bob know their stuff, and entertainingly dissect some old classics from the heyday of theatrical animated shorts. This podcast happily hits you as hard as that punch Popeye lands on that girder in A Balmy Swami. (After listening to episode 4, now I know why that punch always seemed so darn powerful.) Nice having these guys bring a great lost art back into the limelight.

Mervin_Mouse ,

This podcast is strong to the “finich”...

...because the hosts certainly know their stuff when it comes to one-eyed sailors, daffy ducks and constantly bickering cats and mice, as well as the people who created the cartoons that feature these ink-and-paint stars. Each episode is packed with information and insights into the Golden age of the Hollywood cartoon (and those that were actually made elsewhere, like the Fleischer/Famous Studios shorts). Highly Recommended for classic cartoon enthusiasts.

Rodney Bowcock ,

Great stuff!

You want a master class in animation conducted by two of the absolute top experts in the field? You've got it. Thad and Bob know their stuff for sure, but their absolute love of the medium shines in this delightful podcast. A complete pleasure.

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