Call Me Stormy

Finding righteous currents in turbulent times

Flat Hatting

We usually turn a spotlight on newly released short films and animations, but every once in awhile, it’s fun to go back in time and resurrect a forgotten classic from the vaults. Flat Hatting falls in this category — a 1946 animated short created by John Hubley for the US Navy, designed to discourage pilots from too much aerial daredevilry, showboating or buzzing civilian targets. The acerbic humor hasn’t lost its edge, and the look ¬†also is surprisingly modern, considering this was made more than 65 years ago.

Beginning in the 1930s, Hubley worked for the Disney studio — notably on “The Rite of Spring” segment from Fantasia. After quitting Disney and joining UPA (United Productions of America), he created the bemused character, Mr. Magoo, patterned after one of Hubley’s uncles.

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