No, but it's funny that someone on the net called me that. What is a toady supposed to do anyway? As a toady I assume it would be my job to defend the opinions of the Toady Master,
but defend them to whom? Can I talk directly to the Toady Master's adversary or am I supposed to talk only to the adversary's toadies, you know, toady to toady. I don't know, it's too complicated. Anyway, I'm not a toady. John and I disagree about too many things.
Here's the first thing we disagree about (above), Wally Wood. How can John not like the guy? I picture Wood coming to Spumco for a job and John grabbing him by the scruff of the neck and shouting, "Get out of here you bum, and take those pathetically amateurish drawings with you!"
And what's this about Jack Davis (above) being over-rated? OK he uses fish scales to denote ground. What's wrong with that?
John is completely unmoved by John Sibley, the Disney animator who did the best scenes in the Goofy sports cartoons. He calls Sibley "whacky," which is Johnspeak for what clowns do. Clowns walk around with red noses and slap shoes and shoot people with seltzer water. Believe me, it's not a compliment. Me, I love Sibley and regard him as the funniest animator Disney ever had. (Sigh!) I don't think we'll ever agree about this.
John and I disagree about a whole bunch of things but one of the things we do agree about is that cartoons need to be funny. They need to be written funny, drawn funny and animated funny. That doesn't sound like much to ask for but you'd be amazed how difficult it is to pull off.
John had to figure out a whole new way of writing stories, a new way of organizing a studio...he even figured out a whole new drawing style and when he encountered a problem getting it on TV he co-invented Flash animation so he could put it on the net. Now he's trying to teach that drawing style to potential employees on the net and in the process he's created a blog that's unparalled in the industry. The lad has been pretty busy.
Oops! There I go sounding like a toady again! I think I'll wrap up now so I can hunt for some flies.