“Tubby The Tuba” January 17, 2008Posted by Jeff in 1946 through 1960, Cartoons, Classical, Movies, Music, Puppetoons, Zook.
Unlike clay animators like Nick Park, Will Vinton or Art Clokey, George Pal’s animators worked in a “replacement technique” using hand-carved wooden puppets. A separate puppet (or puppet part) was used for each motion, rather than clay or hinged parts. A single walking sequence, for instance, could involve 12 pairs of legs for one character. An average Puppetoon short would use 9,000 puppets.
Based on the children’s book by Paul Tripp (and not to be confused with the inferior 1970s feature), Tubby The Tuba was one of two George Pal Puppetoons designed by Reg Massie to be nominated for Academy Awards in successive years.