The Flesicher Brothers, Betty Boops original version of Snow White, a very strange version compared to the Disney version to what I have seen previously. However they are both different takes of the same story, the Disney version is more narratively driven with a set story, whereas the Betty Boop Version seems to have no real plot and is just a character going through random events. However both are enjoyable to watch. But I prefer the Disney version however this maybe because I have been brought up on narrative driven stories, however it may not be, it maybe a western thing. I have seen clips from Japanese animations which also seem to have no plot to me. So it maybe a culture difference.
“Animation is not the art of drawings that move but rather the art of movements that are drawn. What happens between each frame is more important than what happens on each frame”.
- Norman Mclaren
The Fourth wall is used a lot in animation first used in the theatre. Its a term for talking or referring to the audience. Comes from stage set, one on the back, one to the left, one to the right, and the the fourth wall which separates the audience from the actors. The breaking of this wall breaks the illusion of a separate world, which nowadays is used a lot in comedy.
As you saw from both clips, they use the fourth wall to either talk to the animator or to the audience. This is amusing and its first use was probably revolutionary. The family guy clips is from something something dark side, and is getting used more and more in series as they go on. In the second series the technique was used mealy twice whereas in the seventh series it was used countless times. This technique breaks both what we saw earlier and it break both the narrative and the character drive of the animation. And we become aware that the animator is in control and is aiming this process of please us the audience.