Monday, November 24, 2008

Mega Collector Presents: The Flying Sorceress

Siteen months before M-G-M shuttered its cartoon studio, Bill and Joe produced this little number.

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A bit of character design work from the M-G-M cartoon studio in its sunset years. Artist: Gene Hazelton; The Flying Sorceress, Tom & Jerry short, directed by Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera, 1955.

The Flying Sorceress was released in glorious Cinemascope in January, 1956. By that time, top-kick Fred Quimby had retired, and Joe and Bill were the heads of the studio. They were able to enjoy their new and exalted positions until the Spring of 1957, when Metro's brass closed the cartoon unit.

And so the curtain rang down on MGM's foray into the animated arts, and poor Bill H. and Joe B. were never heard from again.

Oh, wait ...


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