Rushin’ with Concussion

This is a nice documentary on Robert McKimson, who I always thought of us around about the number four man at Termite Terrace, home of the Looney Tunes, dwarfed by Jones, Clampett, Freleng (and Avery, though he did his best work at MGM). (Oh, and Tashlin, though he did his best work in features.) Probably my-ish low opinion of McKimson is due to seeing his name mainly on late-period toons, when Warners animation was in decline.

The startling bit in the doc is where we learn that McKimson, who would handle Speedy Gonzalez, suffered a traumatic brain injury after which he found he could drawn and animate better and faster. That’s remarkable and unlikely. What was damaged? Some inner critical voice that had been holding him back? How many brain cells would he have had to lose to overtake Freleng?

One Response to “Rushin’ with Concussion”

  1. Jonathan Wertheim Says:

    There’s a quite good book about the McKimson brothers, I got it a few years ago and it has a lot of great info and art. “‘I Say, I Say… Son!’: A Tribute to Legendary Animators Bob, Chuck, and Tom McKimson.”

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