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Sun, Jul 30, 2017 5:02 PM

Live Poll: A Tribute to Tex Avery

Hello, all you happy people. You know what? He's my hero.

And "he" refers to Frederick Bean Avery, better known as Tex Avery, certainly after Walt Disney, the most influential animation director of history.

Avery's naughty humor and perfect comical timing set the new tone of comedy and codified a form of humor that is still used today by animators, comedians and comedic directors. His ahead-of-its-time parodic humor mostly relied on sight gags, wild takes, continuous fourth-wall breaking -a hysterical chase scene would often be interrupted with a sign saying 'silly, isn't it?'- making Avery a true pop-culture icon.

And while often perceived as the anti-Disney, he was more of a complement. Disney made movies for children, awaking in the process the inner child in every adult while good old "Tex" never believed animation was just for kiddies. His cartoons definitely aimed an adult audience, as evidenced by his iconic creations; the erotomaniac wolf, howling whenever he sees the so-realistically sexy Red, the laconic Droopy and the sadistic Screwy Squirrel.

(Quite a long intro, isn't it?)

Now, in homage to the legendary director, which of these images taken from his shorts* -whether for their comedic or sentimental value- is your favorite?

http://www.imdb.com/list/ls020065912/

http://www.imdb.com/poll/Vi65lVx6di4/

*while Avery made his debut at Warner Bros. where he made one contribution or two (such as creating Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck) the name "Tex Avery" is mostly associated to the MGM period (1942-1955) to which this poll is associated. MGM cartoons, you know, the roaring lion, Droopy and all that stuff.

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3 years ago

I hope you enjoy the poll and by the way, when you give your choice, please just refer to the picture or the cartoon not the position of the picture so there's no need to click a second time :)

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3 years ago

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Please, like I said in my previous post, no one knows the number of each image so it's much easier to say which picture ('the one with...", "the one from...") and more fun, too as there's no need to get back to the page :)

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3 years ago

Love the poll idea. I don't even think I could choose one because they all bring back great memories. I'll make a choice when it goes live.

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3 years ago

ElM,

Your link back currently goes to:
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/categories/imdb_imdb_poll

Please update your link back so it goes to this thread:
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/poll-suggestion-a-tribute-to-tex-avery

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3 years ago

The Shooting of Dan McGoo (kids hang for 15 c)

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Thanks, Dan. I also made a few changes in the final paragraph

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3 years ago

A few of your images are low-quality when viewed on a large screen. They would look OK in a poll, I just wonder if they might be removed from the site later on. I'm thinking of King-Size Canary and The Screwy Truant in particular.

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3 years ago

You're absolutely right.

I wanted to put the most iconic image of KSC (the ending) but yeah, it was at the expenses of visual quality, there was already a pic with higher resolution, and you got the idea about the cartoon anyway, so I'll replace it right now.

As for TST, I realize the gag doesn't work as well, too "texty" and users won't have time to read everything (that if you meant the one at the bottom :)

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3 years ago

The "Kids Hang for 15 cents" image is hilarious but I still think I'd go for #2. Those rabbits have always made me laugh. 'Nice poll that does a good job remembering Tex Avery and introducing him to those who didn't know much of his work -- or didn't know that work they knew was from him.

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Indeed, I don't know if the name "Tex Avery" rings a bell to the young generation, but it would be a shame if this genius ever sank into oblivion. One can't enjoy a ZAZ parody movie, Cartoon Network 90's shows or Genie from Aladdin and not know about Tex Avery, he was the major influence of modern humor.

When I was a kid, I grew up with all the Golden Age cartoons, but I called them from their characters, like Donald cartoons, Bugs Bunny cartoons, besides Walt Disney, I knew names like Hanna-Barbera, from the look, I could differentiate between the "Fred Quimby" Tom and Jerry and the "Chuck Jones", but the "Tex Avery" cartoons were the only ones I could totally identify from the name of the director.

I had two VHS with the name "Tex Avery" on it, and I lost one of them, it was like a devastation especially since it featured my all-time favorite "Magical Maestro". Needless to say that I immediately got all the collection when Peer-to-peer programs started to spread over the Internet, and now, I have the Collector Box (2 cartoons missing because of PC police)/

Anyway, the man literally invented the 4th wall breaking and didn't make cartoons to tell stories, but to make people laugh, kids and adults but especially adults. No holds barred and anything for the sake of a gag or a lousy pun. and still, he could make some very tender stories like a friendship between a dog and a flea or a little skunk who wants to be loved.

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ElM,

I'm also a fan of Tex Avery for many of the reasons you listed.

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I'm glad to read I'm not the only fan, it doesn't surprise me though, his legacy will live on!

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What is disappointing is that Avery had a relatively short career as an animation director. Combining all his work for Warner Bros,, MGM, and Walter Lantz, he was active from 1935 to 1957. Just 22 years. His first credited animated film was "Gold Diggers of '49" (1935), and his last credited animated film was "Cat's Meow" (1957).

Avery spent the rest of his career creating television commercials and selling ideas to Hanna-Barbera. The Kwicky Koala Show was his swan song, I think his employers waisted his talent on underwhelming work. 

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