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February 20, 2006

To Beep or Not to Beep

I recently got myself a DVD with old Warner Brothers cartoons from my public library, because there were two cartoons directed by Bob Clampett on it, and I like his hysterical vibe very much. The rest was directed by Chuck Jones and Tex Avery. On this occasion, a nice conceptualization struck me: In his book "God - A Biography" Jack Miles talks schematically about the three great biblical prophets saying that Isaiah was the manic among them, Jeremiah the depressive, and Ezekiel the psychotic. You could say a similar thing about the three great WB cartoon directors: the psychotic would be Tex Avery (compare "Symphony in Slang" to Schreber), the depressive would be Chuck Jones (well, for example his "Roadrunner" cartoons sure breathe existential despair), and the manic would be Bob Clampett - and Fritz Freleng would be the normal middle-of-the-road guy. Not that I've got anything against Freleng.


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