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Annette in "Mister Piano Man"

by Jerry Beck
May 13, 2013 12:01 AM
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Here's a fun way to start the week. Orlando Florida-based animator Bob Duane took artist Kevin Kidney's paper puppet of Annette Funicello - a "Golden Horseshoe Revue Annette" version - and animated it!  

Duane a big fan of the Bill Justice/X. Atencio paper work for Disney and made this whimsical little performance to help draw more attention to the Annette Funicello Fund.  All her moves are copied from Annette's actual choreography from a 1962 TV performance.

I don't know what it is, but there is something about Annette's voice that's just perfect for paper-cut-out animation. 

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More: Annette Funicello, Bob Duane, Kevin Kidney


  • ParamountCartoons | May 14, 2013 7:07 PMReply

    Ehh..hate to be honest, but I like the old choppier movement in the original Disney stop-motion cut outs. It feels like a bad flash cartoon that captures dolls in real-time rather than stop motion(and this is coming from a fan who like the earlier Paramount fluidly moving Puppetoons), and why doesn't half her head bounce around the way it used to. It can be done digitally and modern, just look at some of the experimental stop motion films on Cartoon Brew. So I'm not compeletly putting this down, just giving my critism....

    Seriously, I didn't feel like there was much movement and expression.....

  • Justin | May 14, 2013 10:39 AMReply

    That was awesome!

  • Andy Decker | May 14, 2013 3:07 AMReply

    That's a very clever (not to mention very cute) way of keeping Annette alive in our thoughts, along with drawing attention to the fund.Gonna miss you,dear Annette!

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