Speaking of Animals (partially lost Tex Avery short film series; 1941-1949)
Speaking of Animals was a theatrical short film series that lasted from 1941 to 1949. The shorts consisted of live-action footage of animals combined with animated lip movement which was done by using a rotoscope system. They also featured the usage of puns, sight gags, and slapstick jokes. The series was created by animator Tex Avery, who was best known for his creations such as Bugs Bunny and Droopy. 50 shorts were made, but only 33 of them have been found and uploaded by YouTuber Clips and More while the others have not been found nor uploaded online.
The idea for the film series was conceptualized by cartoon director Tex Avery at Leon Schlesinger Productions (which would later be known as Warner Bros. Cartoons) in 1941 and was pitched to producer Leon Schlesinger who turned down the offer. Following Avery's suspension from the studio, he went to Jerry Fairbanks, who produced the Unusual Occupations series for Paramount Pictures, and pitched the idea to him and received his approval to start the series. Tex directed the first three shorts, the first one being Down on the Farm which received an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Subject, One-Reel nomination at the 14th Academy Awards, before he left to work for MGM's cartoon department. The series continued without him, lasting for eight years along with earning two Academy Awards for Best Live Action Short Subject, One-Reel for two shorts being Speaking of Animals and Their Families and Who's Who in Animal Land at the 15th and 17th Academy Awards respectively.
|1||Down on the Farm||Found|
|2||In a Pet Shop||Lost|
|3||In the Zoo||Lost|
|4||At the County Fair||Lost|
|5||In the Circus||Lost|
|6||At the Dog Show||Lost|
|7||In South America||Found|
|8||And Their Families||Found|
|9||At the Bird Farm||Lost|
|10||In Current Events||Lost|
|11||At the Cage Door Canteen||Partially Found|
|12||In the Garden||Lost|
|13||In the Desert||Lost|
|14||Tales of the Border||Found|
|15||In Winter Quarters||Lost|
|16||In the Newsreels||Lost|
|17||Your Pet Problem||Found|
|18||In a Harem||Found|
|21||Who's Who in Animal Land||Found|
|22||In the Public Eye||Lost|
|23||Talk of the Town||Lost|
|24||In a Musical Way||Found|
|25||From A to Zoo||Found|
|28||In the Post War Era||Found|
|29||In the Wilds||Found|
|30||The Lonesome Stranger||Found|
|31||Be Kind to Animals||Found|
|33||Pooch Parade||Partially Found|
|35||They're Not So Dumb||Found|
|37||As Our Friends||Found|
|39||Ain't Nature Grand||Found|
|41||Home Sweet Home||Found|
|44||The Gnu Look||Found|
|45||Calling All Animals||Found|
|46||Meet the Champ||Found|
|50||Fun on the Farm||Found|
- Big Cartoon Database page on Speaking of Animals.
- Shield Pictures page on Speaking of Animals.
- Speaking of Animals episode guide.
- YouTube playlist consisting of the found shorts.
- Living Life Inside the Lines: Tales from the Golden Age of Animation Retrieved 13 Apr '21