The Hole Idea
Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004
One of the better McKimson shorts of the 1950s, released in 1955, about the invention of the portable hole. The cartoon has one highly unusual feature: the director is also credited with the animation. While most directors, of course, did at least a few hundred of the drawings for a cartoon, it is very rare to see a director also get screen credit for the animation. McKimson, having been a lead animator at Warner Brothers before his promotion (and more notable in this role than any other director), was probably the best qualified to pull this off. Beck and Friedwald are probably right when they call this film “one of his proudest moments”.