Many thanks to those who provided internet sources here; and also to Mark Kausler who provided the DVD commentary for this short I feel the need to post a few of the frames here and base about it. Of course; you might know that the designs of the staff were done by T. Hee who caricatured the staff in 1936 at a Christmas party and Bob Clampett used his designs for this short. It feels to me that Bob Clampett used the gremlin caricatures maybe because to show the staff are against of Nazi propaganda and to support the Soviet Union from being attacked from the Germans as they were defeated by the Soviet Union troops in 1941.
|Drawing courtesy of Michael Sporn Animation.|
I'm going to start off with a few of those gremlin scenes from what is a matter of interest to me:
I'm unsure if that would've been Tom McKimson model sheets or even actually based on T. Hee's caricatures although Pierce was with the staff at the time the caricature would've been done. I'd say it's from the model sheets for this cartoon since it's different from the Xmas Christmas card from at the top. I wonder if the Ted Pierce nose joke was used here (since it's a sexual innuendo from the blue gremlin from top) since Pierce was a drunken womanizer. ;-)
I'm going to go by with Mark's words in this caricature since Chuck Jones apparently used to be heavy back them but his hair and face look a little different; as he has the facial parts and hair shown on the cute, purple gremlin (that I haven't got pictured). What do YOU think?
The Schlesinger caricature would've been from the T. Hee caricature card on top that I've seen but I imagine that the Ray Katz caricatured was done by model sheets. In fact; I imagine that all of Hee's caricatures would've been redrawn in Clampett's style but also with influence from T. Hee's caricatures.
I imagine that Clampett used that Millar caricature for the gremlin jumping trying to pin Hitler off his seat because of his weight and with the exhaustion that he suffers in which it does come to me that it looks like Tubby Millar. I like the detailed use of him here that works well.
From the photos I've seen; it has the shaped head of Tom McKimson but I'm unsure if he had that few hair; but can anyone support me on that?
Okay; this is going to be the last screen grabs with the caricatures. The only two gremlins her that are identifyed (and probably the only two caricatured here) are Henry Binder (as he's pretty easy to tell) and the green gremlin with the beard is Art Davis.
Art Davis evidently wasn't at Schlesinger's in 1936 when the caricature was done so this was a caricature done by somebody else I presume. There's probably still loads of the gremlins unidentified but these are the ones that we know of and ones that I'm quite sure on.
I have left out the purple cute gremlin that we all think is Chuck Jones but I left it out since I went with Mark's words that the fat gremlin trying to smash Friz was Chuck; and I didn't want to repeat it with the purple gremlin to make it more confusing. So; I'll leave it to that. It feels to me as though Bob Clampett created this cartoon for his own amusement and probably US propaganda with the term "gremlins" wrecking planes in which the caricatured gremlins wreck Hitler's plane before reaching Moscow. I find this a fun idea to use them which makes the cartoon even more enjoyable to watch, but for someone watching this that doesn't even care who the director/animator/artist on Looney Tunes are won't understand they're caricatures and probably think they're doodles.
I hope you've enjoyed here what I've posted and I hope this wasn't so boring. I was just writing what I thought interested me.