Hair In The Projector Gag

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004

    One of Tex Avery’s most famous gags from Magical Maestro (MGM, 1952) involves an animated hair, possibly rotoscoped, which appears caught in the gate of the projector. Spike, who is trying to sing to the audience through this distraction, pulls the hair out and throws it away, picking up exactly where he left off.

    Avery first used the gag at Schlesinger’s, in Aviation Vacation (1941) during a rendition of “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”. In the Warner Brothers cartoon, the singer yells to the projectionist to take the hair out. The hair in this earlier cartoon, incidentaly, is much less convincingly animated the one in Magical Maestro.


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