Sunday, July 29, 2007

Toons in the Heart of Screamland- MGM Animation

Here is a look back in time at a Culver City, California animation studio in the “The Heart of Screenland”, the MGM Animation studio in 1944. Here’s a link to MGM animator Irv Spence’s tribute Sketch blog called Cartoon Diary!

This is a photo of the outside of the MGM Cartoon studio on the corner of Overland and Montana on MGM lot 2, now the site of the Culver City Senior Citizens Center.

This was the home of Tom and Jerry, Droopy, Barney Bear, Screwy Squirrel, The Wolf, and the Happy Harmonies series. As well as the work place of directors, Rudy Ising, Hugh Harmon, Bill Hanna, Joe Barbera, Tex Avery, and many more.

Here's some cartoon nuggets from the Leo the Lion.

Peace on Earth - Hugh Harman (Oscar Nomination 1939 )

The Milky Way – Rudy Ising (Oscar Winner 1940)

Red Hot Riding Hood -Tex Avery-1943

Mouse Trouble - Hanna & Barbera (Oscar Winner 1944)

There are excellent DVD releases of Droopy and Tom and Jerry, now the balance of the MGM classic toon library needs DvD attention as well.


Warren Lee said...

Cool. Old school.

Scott Santoro said...

It seems fitting the old MGM animation studio is now an old folk's home. Many of us are old before out time. Glad to hear from you, Craig.

craig clark said...

Great to hear from you too Scott! Glad to see you doing well!

craig clark said...

I hope Warners releases the complete Harmon and Ising, and Tex Avery MGM cartoons on DVD sometime soon!