Scared Crow

1963 , Great Yarmouth (Norfolk)

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Crazy Crow cartoon about persistence against the odds

Cartoon character Crazy Crow in "Scared Crow." Crazy Crow passes the corn store and decides that he is hungry. The watchdog is sleeping but has a special device called "The Bird Scarer." It's timed to automatically go off throughout the day. Crazy Crow being curious sticks his head in the device, just as it goes off. Crazy Crow comes back later and switches the device from On to Off. But the watchdog switches it back on. Just as Crazy Crow is stealing himself a big bag of corn the Bird Scarer goes off and gives Crazy Crow such a fright he falls over. Bags of corn fall on top of him. Later Crazy Crow paces back and forth trying to think of an idea. He comes back with headphones. He sits by the corn, about to eat a piece when the watchdog puts the bird scarer right behind his head. The Bird Scarer shoots right into the back of his head. Crazy Crow cracks into little pieces. Later he tries blocking the Bird Scarer. When the device goes off it fires the cork into Crazy Crow's head giving him a huge lump. His next idea is to put dynamite into the device. It shoots the dynamite out; Crazy Crow steps on it and is blown up. Finally Crazy Crow brings a hammer and begins to hit the device. Each time he does it fires him at it. The watchdog watches and looks amused.

Keywords

Animation; Persistence

Background Information

In the 1970's David Tate was giving regular film shows at Sea Palling in Norfolk. "Village Hall Film Show" shows David setting up his 16mm projector which was equipped with extra-large spools so that there was no break in the programme. The audience arrive and take their seats. David Tate loved film, and liked to make his own. He produced a lively cartoon in 1963 called "Crazy Crow", which he drew himself, and processed the short ends of film at home. In the 1990s he was working as a projectionist in Norwich at the Cannon Cinema in Prince of Wales Road. This was formerly the Regent cinema. [From David Cleveland's book Films Were Made Vol. 2]

  • Camera : Patricia Thurston (Assistant)

  • Other : Christopher Wood (Voice characterisation)

  • Producer : David Tate

  • Maker : Castle Film Group

  • Maker : Independent Films Ltd.

Manifestations

Scared Crow

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    Unknown
    Carrier Type
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    Dimension
    Duration
    0:03:08
    Modification Date
    10/05/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    708505
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV215727
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    master digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:03:08
    Has Sound
    N
    Modification Date
    05/06/2009
    Parts
    Reference
    680063
    Sound
    silent
  • Barcode
    INV??2757
    Canonical Identifier
    A-2520
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    16mm film
    Identifier
    Image Polarity
    neg
    Modification Date
    25/06/2021
    Parts
    Reference
    564759
  • Barcode
    INV305885
    Canonical Identifier
    VP-845
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Identifier
    Modification Date
    25/06/2021
    Parts
    Reference
    563906

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