Monday, February 23, 2009

Hey Daddy, Something New has been Added

imagine this: No Door

Terry Gilliam on Tex Avery's 1943 Red Hot Riding Hood

The magic of Tex Avery's animation is the sheer extremity of it all. The classic Avery image is of someone's mouth falling open down to their feet, wham, their eyes whooping out and their tongue unrolling for about half a mile: that is the most wonderfully liberating spectacle. Avery would just stretch the human body and face however he liked, and the result was unbelievably funny. There is no hesitation in his work, no sense that you can go too far. I think that nowadays they should put on Tex Avery festivals as an antidote to political correctness. There is also a childlike sense of immortality and indestructibility in his work; people get squashed, mashed, bashed, bent out of shape, whatever, and they bounce back. In essence, it is like the myth of eternal life.

1 comment:

Thomas Mucha said...

Fabulous! I remember watching very similar films as a kid. It must have been the late 70's/early '80's.