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* FollowTheLeader: Other studios would have an animator that employed Tyer-esque animation, such as Rod Scribner (Warner Bros.) and Hugh Fraser (originally a Disney animator, Fraser would ply very whacked-out animation at Format Films and Hanna-Barbera).

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* FollowTheLeader: Other studios would have an animator that employed Tyer-esque animation, such as Rod Scribner (Warner Bros.) and Hugh Fraser (originally a Disney animator, Fraser would ply very whacked-out animation at Format Films and Hanna-Barbera).


** A model sheet for Bakshi's ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'' reboot shows a strong Tyer influence. It read Tyre (sic) poses--use with extreme caution!"

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** A model sheet for Bakshi's ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'' reboot shows a strong Tyer influence. It read Tyre "Tyre (sic) poses--use with extreme caution!"

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** A model sheet for Bakshi's ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'' reboot shows a strong Tyer influence. It read Tyre (sic) poses--use with extreme caution!"


In the mid 1930's, Jim wanted to improve his skills as an animator, so he left Van Beuren in 1935 to hold very brief stints at both Disney and MGM, the former as an effects animator on the WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies (animating the opening crowd shot in "Cock o the Walk" and some of the water scenes in "Music Land") and as a more standard animator and gag man on the WesternAnimation/HappyHarmonies films, where he contributed animation to shorts like "Little Cheeser" (one scene is that clearly his work is the scene with a living cuckoo clock) and "The Pups Picnic" (where he animates a perfectly straight scene of a fox chasing the pups through the forest in the climax).

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In the mid 1930's, Jim wanted to improve his skills as an animator, so he left Van Beuren in 1935 to hold very brief stints at both Disney and MGM, the former as an effects animator on the WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies (animating the opening crowd shot in "Cock o the Walk" and some of the water scenes in "Music Land") "WesternAnimation/MusicLand") and as a more standard animator and gag man on the WesternAnimation/HappyHarmonies films, where he contributed animation to shorts like "Little Cheeser" (one scene is that clearly his work is the scene with a living cuckoo clock) and "The Pups Picnic" (where he animates a perfectly straight scene of a fox chasing the pups through the forest in the climax).


Inbetween his animation jobs, Jim Tyer also moonlighted artwork for many, many funny animal comic books, including the many TerryToons comics, Haha Comics, and even certain issues of Felix the Cat. In most of them, his distinctive cartoon style makes it rather easy to spot out his work.

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Inbetween his animation jobs, Jim Tyer also moonlighted artwork for many, many funny animal comic books, including the many TerryToons [=TerryToons=] comics, Haha Comics, and even certain issues of Felix the Cat. In most of them, his distinctive cartoon style makes it rather easy to spot out his work.



* ArtEvolution: His early animation at Van Beuren was unique, but didn't have quite all the hallmarks he became well known for. His drawing style is fairly different up until around 1934, when he establishes his own drawing style, but it wasn't until around the late 30's in his work at Jam Handy, and then his work at Famous and TerryToons in the 40's, that his animation style crystallized into the kind of cartoon animation he became most famous for.

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* ArtEvolution: His early animation at Van Beuren was unique, but didn't have quite all the hallmarks he became well known for. His drawing style is fairly different up until around 1934, when he establishes his own drawing style, but it wasn't until around the late 30's in his work at Jam Handy, and then his work at Famous and TerryToons [=TerryToons=] in the 40's, that his animation style crystallized into the kind of cartoon animation he became most famous for.



* DerangedAnimation: This, more than any other reason, is why he's considered such a unique animator. His work could reach levels of craziness that would make Creator/BobClampett proud. With that said, it does lead to the work of other animators who were influenced by his work at TerryToons getting mistaken for his animation. His work also tends to get stereotyped as only being crazy, but in truth, he could animate a scene straight as an arrow if he needed to.

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* DerangedAnimation: This, more than any other reason, is why he's considered such a unique animator. His work could reach levels of craziness that would make Creator/BobClampett proud. With that said, it does lead to the work of other animators who were influenced by his work at TerryToons [=TerryToons=] getting mistaken for his animation. His work also tends to get stereotyped as only being crazy, but in truth, he could animate a scene straight as an arrow if he needed to.

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* CreatorBacklash: [[http://www.michaelspornanimation.com/splog/?p=387 According to]] the late animator Michael Sporn, Jim hated working on Creator/RalphBakshi's adaptation of WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat. Jim was a die hard Catholic, which immediately put him at odds with the films X-rated content. As soon as he finished his work, he slammed his scenes down on the desk, [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere walked out of the studio in a cursing fit]] and retired from animation for good.


''James "Jim" Tyer'' (February 7, 1904-March 1976) was one of the most unique animators who ever lived, having a long and varied career throughout the HistoryOfAnimation, but most famous for his work at the Creator/TerryToons cartoon studio.

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''James "Jim" Tyer'' (February 7, 1904-March 1904 - March 1976) was one of the most unique animators who ever lived, having a long and varied career throughout the HistoryOfAnimation, but most famous for his work at the Creator/TerryToons cartoon studio.


->"As my hero animator, Jim Tyer, used to say, "Hey Ralph, stop worrying. Everything moves, so put it down, have fun and go home." Yeah, Jim had fun, more fun than any animator I knew at the time. He distorted, he drew off model -- yes, off model, and threw shapes around like he was Creator/JacksonPollack, the animator. He had fun. The rest of the guys stared at {{Disney}} and cried, "If we could only do that, boo-hoo." Jim would walk around the inking department -- yes, hand-inking with Crokille pens -- telling the inkers, "Don't worry about where my line is, don't stiffen up the animation, keep it loose. The color will hold it together. Have fun. It is just cartoons." This, compared to another guy who would scream, "You wiggled the nose on that cel! What are you doing ruining my animation that way!"

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->"As my hero animator, Jim Tyer, used to say, "Hey Ralph, stop worrying. Everything moves, so put it down, have fun and go home." Yeah, Jim had fun, more fun than any animator I knew at the time. He distorted, he drew off model -- yes, off model, and threw shapes around like he was Creator/JacksonPollack, the animator. He had fun. The rest of the guys stared at {{Disney}} Creator/{{Disney}} and cried, "If we could only do that, boo-hoo." Jim would walk around the inking department -- yes, hand-inking with Crokille pens -- telling the inkers, "Don't worry about where my line is, don't stiffen up the animation, keep it loose. The color will hold it together. Have fun. It is just cartoons." This, compared to another guy who would scream, "You wiggled the nose on that cel! What are you doing ruining my animation that way!"


Tyer's last major animation work was animating on WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat, the debut feature film of his prestige Creator/RalphBakshi, where he animated scenes of the crows in Harlem. After completing his work on the film, he retired from the business for good.

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Tyer's last major animation work was animating on WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat, the debut feature film of his prestige Creator/RalphBakshi, where he animated scenes of the crows in Harlem. After completing his work on the film, he retired from the business for good.
good, and passed away a few years later.


After the theatrical cartoon business started drying up and switching to more strict, on-model animation, Tyer drifted to the realm of TV animation, where he contributed work on shows like Joe Oriolo's WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat [[WesternAnimation/JoeOrioloFelixTheCat revival]] and WesternAnimation/TheMightyHercules. He also worked on made for TV WesternAnimation/OutOfTheInkwell revival for Hal Seegar's studio, also contributing work to the shows ''Milton the Monster'' and ''Batfink''. At Paramount, he animated on a few of the ''Snuffy Smith'' cartoons. He apparently held a very brief tenure at Hanna-Barbera, but quickly left there when it became apparent that his kind of animation clashed too much with the studios established house style. This is likely a fate Tyer met when trying to find work at other studios, where emphasis on hard on-model animation of studios like Creator/{{Filmation}} made Tyer an outcast in the industry he once flourished in.

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After the theatrical cartoon business started drying up and switching to more strict, on-model animation, Tyer drifted to the realm of TV animation, where he contributed work on shows like Joe Oriolo's WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat [[WesternAnimation/JoeOrioloFelixTheCat revival]] and WesternAnimation/TheMightyHercules. He also worked on made for TV WesternAnimation/OutOfTheInkwell revival for Hal Seegar's studio, also contributing work to the shows ''Milton the Monster'' and ''Batfink''. At Paramount, he animated on a few of the ''Snuffy Smith'' cartoons. He apparently held a very brief tenure at Hanna-Barbera, Creator/HannaBarbera, but quickly left there when it became apparent that his kind of animation clashed too much with the studios established house style. This is likely a fate Tyer met when trying to find work at other studios, where emphasis on hard on-model animation of studios like Creator/{{Filmation}} made Tyer an outcast in the industry he once flourished in.


''James "Jim" Tyer'' (February 7, 1904-March 1976) was one of the most unique animators who ever lived, having a long and varied career throughout the history of animation, but most famous for his work at the Creator/TerryToons cartoon studio.

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''James "Jim" Tyer'' (February 7, 1904-March 1976) was one of the most unique animators who ever lived, having a long and varied career throughout the history of animation, HistoryOfAnimation, but most famous for his work at the Creator/TerryToons cartoon studio.



After the theatrical cartoon business started drying up and switching to more strict, on-model animation, Tyer drifted to the realm of TV animation, where he contributed work on shows like Joe Oriolo's WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat revival and WesternAnimation/TheMightyHercules. He also worked on made for TV WesternAnimation/OutOfTheInkwell revival for Hal Seegar's studio, also contributing work to the shows ''Milton the Monster'' and ''Batfink''. At Paramount, he animated on a few of the ''Snuffy Smith'' cartoons. He apparently held a very brief tenure at Hanna-Barbera, but quickly left there when it became apparent that his kind of animation clashed too much with the studios established house style. This is likely a fate Tyer met when trying to find work at other studios, where emphasis on hard on-model animation of studios like Creator/{{Filmation}} made Tyer an outcast in the industry he once flourished in.

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After the theatrical cartoon business started drying up and switching to more strict, on-model animation, Tyer drifted to the realm of TV animation, where he contributed work on shows like Joe Oriolo's WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat revival [[WesternAnimation/JoeOrioloFelixTheCat revival]] and WesternAnimation/TheMightyHercules. He also worked on made for TV WesternAnimation/OutOfTheInkwell revival for Hal Seegar's studio, also contributing work to the shows ''Milton the Monster'' and ''Batfink''. At Paramount, he animated on a few of the ''Snuffy Smith'' cartoons. He apparently held a very brief tenure at Hanna-Barbera, but quickly left there when it became apparent that his kind of animation clashed too much with the studios established house style. This is likely a fate Tyer met when trying to find work at other studios, where emphasis on hard on-model animation of studios like Creator/{{Filmation}} made Tyer an outcast in the industry he once flourished in.


In 1946, Tyer left Famous and found work at the Creator/TerryToons cartoon studio, where he stayed up until the late 1950's, and this was where his drawing and animation style came full bloom. The lack of quality control at the studio basically made it a creative paradise for Tyer, where he was able to distort and move in drawings in a way he had never been allowed to in any other studio. His style in these films is very easy to spot--one example is in the film "Ten Pin Terrors", where Tyer animates the bulldog grabbing a bowling ball that has had glue poured into it's holes. Other examples of his work for the studio include the opening of "House Busters" and "A Cat's Tale".

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In 1946, Tyer left Famous and found work at the Creator/TerryToons cartoon studio, where he stayed up until the late 1950's, and this was where his drawing and animation style came full bloom. The lack of quality control at the studio basically made it a creative paradise for Tyer, where he was able to distort and move in drawings in a way he had never been allowed to in any other studio. His style in these films is very easy to spot--one example is in the film "Ten Pin Terrors", where Tyer animates the bulldog grabbing a bowling ball that has had glue poured into it's its holes. Other examples of his work for the studio include the opening of "House Busters" and "A Cat's Tale".


Tyer's last major animation work was animating on WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat, the debut feature film of his protege Creator/RalphBakshi, where he animated scenes of the crows in Harlem. After completing his work on the film, he retired from the business for good.

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Tyer's last major animation work was animating on WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat, the debut feature film of his protege prestige Creator/RalphBakshi, where he animated scenes of the crows in Harlem. After completing his work on the film, he retired from the business for good.


* DerangedAnimation: His work is the reason why he's considered such a unique animator. His work could reach levels of craziness that would make Creator/BobClampett proud. With that said, it does lead to the work of other animators who were influenced by his work at TerryToons getting mistaken for his animation. His work also tends to get stereotyped as only being crazy, but in truth, he could animate a scene straight as an arrow if he needed to.

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* DerangedAnimation: His work This, more than any other reason, is the reason why he's considered such a unique animator. His work could reach levels of craziness that would make Creator/BobClampett proud. With that said, it does lead to the work of other animators who were influenced by his work at TerryToons getting mistaken for his animation. His work also tends to get stereotyped as only being crazy, but in truth, he could animate a scene straight as an arrow if he needed to.

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