Woody Woodpecker used to be my role model. A few weeks back, saw this fascinating article in the New York Times about how an animator used to bury modern art in the scenes of the cartoon. He did it in the one above. Check it out below:
That Noisy Woodpecker Had an Animated Secret
By MICHAEL CIEPLY
Published: April 10, 2011
LOS ANGELES — Sixteen years ago Tom Klein was staring at a Woody Woodpecker cartoon, “The Loose Nut,” when he started seeing things.
Photographs courtesy of Universal Studios Licensing
Specifically, Mr. Klein watched that maniacal red-topped bird smash a steamroller through the door of a shed. The screen then exploded into images that looked less like the stuff of a Walter Lantz cartoon than like something Willem de Kooning might have hung on a wall.
“What was that?” Mr. Klein, now an animation professor at Loyola Marymount University, recalled thinking. Only later, after years of scholarly detective work, did he decide that he had been looking at genuine art that was cleverly concealed by an ambitious and slightly frustrated animation director named Shamus Culhane.
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