Friday, August 21, 2009


Today's clip comes to us from the early '60s - and it features a cheapo animation technique called "Colormation".

Colormation wasn't really animation at all, it merely mixed live-action against illustrated backgrounds. But here's the catch - the actors were heavily made-up to look like cartoon characters.

This was the brainchild of Leon H. Maurer - who was related to Norman Maurer, the son-in-law of Moe Howard. (Yes, that Moe Howard). The Maurers had also demonstrated a similar technique called Artiscope in that screen classic "The Three Stooges in Orbit".

The screen test in today's clip never amounted to anything. Perhaps it has something to do with the creepy "uncanny valley" feel of the thing, or maybe it was the bizarre decision to portray the hero as a lazy chauvinist.