Monday, July 24, 2006
Hanna Barbera Backgrounds-Montealegre
Here's some screen caps of backgrounds from the Huckleberry Hound Show by Fernando Montealegre and one by Vera Hanson and Sam Clayberger. I wish I had the originals as that would obviously be much cooler but this will do. It's hard to find out any information on the artists but Montealegre was the background artist for Michael Lah's Droopy shorts at MGM before Hanna and Barbera opened their studio. He worked there through at least the mid 70's as a painter and also background supervisor. I can only find Vera Hanson being credited as a background artist at HB, so who knows where else she may have worked. Sam Clayberger in addition to working at HB also worked on Mr. Magoo and later The Bullwinkle show and George of the Jungle. I really love background art from cartoons, particularly MGM's late 30's and 40's backgrounds but as far as stylized backgrounds go early Hanna Barbera are the best.