Action Analysis &Animation &Frame Grabs 29 Jul 2013 11:16 am

Andy Panda & Oswald Rabbit Flipbooks

- Imagine you’re a kid in 1949 eating your Grape Nuts Flakes in the morning. You’re about to pour on the milk when you realize you’ve found the Flipbook that was included in the box. Would that start you on your way of wanting to become an animator? Would you just flip it and throw it out?

Back then the Walter Lantz studio had a promotion going where they gave a number of flipbooks free to consumers of the Post cereal.

The pages were double-sided. This side features Oswald the Rabbit blowing up his tire. The flip side has Andy Panda. Andy is in full color, whereas Oswald was just line work, so you know which one was still a “star” in 1949.

The registration wasn’t very good on the printed page, and I had to adjust a bit to make it work. The paper it was printed on is newsprint and delicate. The images in the thumbnail are about twice the size of the original.

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The following QT movie is exposed on 3′s to make the action work.

Click left side of the black bar to play.
Right side to watch single frame.

- Then I posted the other side of this flipbook. In 1949, the Walter Lantz studio had a promotion going where they gave a number of flipbooks free to consumers of Grape Nuts Flakes.

The pages were double-sided. This side features Andy Panda taming a lion. Andy is in full color, whereas the flip side – Oswald – was just line work, so you know which one was still a “star” in 1949. See the Oswald book here.

The registration wasn’t very good on the printed page, and I had to adjust a bit to make it work. The paper it was printed on is newsprint and the color registration is also off. The images in the thumbnail are about twice the size of the original.

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The drawings of the following QT movie were exposed
on threes to best make the action work.

Click left side of the black bar to play.
Right side to watch single frame.

4 Responses to “Andy Panda & Oswald Rabbit Flipbooks”

  1. on 29 Jul 2013 at 2:42 pm 1.Roberto Severino said …

    Such a very long time, yet these Andy Panda drawings look very fresh to look at. Who do you believe did these drawings? They look a bit cuter than in the original cartoons.

  2. on 29 Jul 2013 at 3:09 pm 2.Stephen Macquignon said …

    That would of bee a great find in a box of cereal
    To bad those days are over.

  3. on 29 Jul 2013 at 4:47 pm 3.Nat said …

    Neat find! Good thing you were smart enough to hang onto these. There are many collectors and participants at the ComicCon who would probably die trying to get one of these books.

  4. on 31 Jul 2013 at 11:16 am 4.Kevin Hogan said …

    Thank you for posting this.

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