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Film Noir Cartoons
December 13, 2012 8:12 AM   Subscribe

Does anyone have any examples of some cartoons that reference Film Noir or are drawn in a noir-esque fashion/explore noir themes?

Anything from any era would be appreciated, but public domain works would be specifically appropriate. Thanks.
posted by cloeburner to Media & Arts (17 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
Batman: The Animated Series was heavily influenced by film noir.
posted by The Whelk at 8:14 AM on December 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


The Tracer Bullet strips from Calvin and Hobbes are a perfect example of this.
posted by showbiz_liz at 8:15 AM on December 13, 2012 [3 favorites]


There's a classic Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson where Calvin is a noir detective trying to cheat on a test.
posted by effluvia at 8:17 AM on December 13, 2012


The Cat Piano comes to mind. By 'cartoons' do you mean comics or do you mean animation?
posted by Erasmouse at 8:17 AM on December 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


There's an episode of Tiny Toon Adventures called "Sepulveda Boulevard" that is an 20-minute-long parody of Sunset Boulevard.
posted by griphus at 8:25 AM on December 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Does it have to be cartoons or are comics included? Because Sin City would certainly seem to apply, as well as the Bigby/Rose Red storyline in the first volume of Fables. Also, Marvel released a line last year that was made up of noir versions of a bunch of their top-tier franchises.

If we're talking moving pictures, I'd agree with The Whelk on B:TAS, and for that matter all of the modern animated Batman adaptations other than Brave and the Bold. If you're willing allow Japanese stuff, the Gunsmith Cats manga and anime definitely has noir elements, and is intended to be as "American" (set in Chicago, action-y) as possible.
posted by zombieflanders at 8:26 AM on December 13, 2012


Who Killed Who may be public domain.. at least according to the Internet Archive forums.

The Fleischer Supermans sometimes have noir-y compositions, and they're public domain (and also awesome).
posted by Erasmouse at 8:29 AM on December 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


I am referring to animation, but comic examples are fine too.

Thanks already for all these suggestions.
posted by cloeburner at 8:30 AM on December 13, 2012


Cartoons: Daffy Duck is Duck Drake in "Super Snooper."
Comics: Lots and lots.
posted by Monsieur Caution at 8:32 AM on December 13, 2012


Oh and not to be super obvious but ...Who Framed Roger Rabbit is literally a film noir with cartoons in it.
posted by The Whelk at 8:34 AM on December 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


there's a recent episode of Adventure Time called "BMO Noir" that very obviously parodies noir style.
posted by dorothy humbird at 8:55 AM on December 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


The Tom & Jerry cartoon Blue Cat Blues
posted by Lucinda at 9:18 AM on December 13, 2012


A pair of now-obscure noir comic books from the 1980s: The Big Prize and The Twilight Avenger.
posted by Rash at 9:40 AM on December 13, 2012


The Pink Panther?
posted by Captain Chesapeake at 9:52 AM on December 13, 2012


The Bob Clampett Daffy Duck cartoon The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (IMO one of the two or three best cartoons ever made).
posted by Chenko at 11:34 AM on December 13, 2012


Who Framed Roger Rabbit

"A Detective Story" from The Animatrix, and Cowboy Bebop. Both by director Shinichiro Watanabe.
posted by sambosambo at 1:53 PM on December 13, 2012


An episode of the Venture Bros. called "Everybody Comes to Hank's"
posted by FakePalindrome at 5:24 PM on December 13, 2012


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