Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 24, 2004
Stars of dozens of live-action comedy shorts for Columbia. The classic trio is comprised of Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Curly Howard. Famed for their violent, eye-poking, head-bopping slapstick.
The Stooges are caricatured in Hollywood Steps Out (Avery, 1941), poking eyes and bopping heads to a conga beat. Also shown as three subjects who get turned into the “Three Wise Monkeys” of Japan in Porkys Hero Agency (Clampett, 1937), and as the model for the odd three-headed creature whose mother got scared by a pawnbroker’s sign in Porky in Wackyland (Clampett, 1938). Animation of this particular sequence was re-used in Dough for the Do-Do in 1949. Caricatures also appear as cavemen in Buddy’s Lost World (King, 1935), as a “See No Evil, Speak No Evil, and Hear No Evil” trio in The Miller’s Daughter (Freleng, 1934) and in Wholly Smoke (Tashlin, 1938) as cigars poking Porky in the eyes.