Monday, November 20, 2017

Pete Hothead Model Sheets

Here are a few model sheets from the first Pete Hothead short. Released in 1952 and directed former Tom & Jerry animator Pete Burness. Ted Parmelee was the designer but I don't know whether he drew these models.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Hanna Barbera Title Cards

So I’ve decided to start posting on this blog again, at least semi-regularly for now. I’m going to start up again by sharing screenshots of some great title cards from the first season of the Huckleberry Hound show. I love these cards with just silhouettes of the characters. The poses have more energy than probably anything you find in the actual cartoons. “Scooter Looter” and “Pie Pirates” are my personal favorites. I’m not sure who was responsible for these. I’m assuming the layout artist of each short drew them. If someone knows please feel free to comment.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

New Funnies References in Lantz Cartoons

Here's a few screen shots of New Funnies references in Woody Woodpecker cartoons. The first is an billboard with Andy Panda and Oswald Rabbit from "Well-Oiled". The next ad that I can remember is from "Wet Blanket Policy". Charlie Chicken made a quick cameo in "The Woody Woodpecker Polka". Homer Pigeon appeared in about 4 cartoons the last being "Spook-A-Nanny".

Wet Blanket Policy

The Woody Woodpecker Polka


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Jim Tyer - "Temper Temper"

Here's an 8 page story by Jim Tyer for Little Roquefort #7. Unfortunately, I don't own these originals.


Monday, August 04, 2014

"The Draft Horse" Model Sheet

Seeing Yowp's post on Chuck Jones' "The Daft Horse" reminded me that I had scanned the model sheet from that cartoon. So here ya go.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

"I Say, I Say... Son!"

I was finally able to get around to reading Robert McKimson Jr.'s biography of his father, Robert McKimson and uncles Tom and Chuck who all spent time as animators at Warner Bros. Though the text largely focuses on Bob McKimson, for those like me that know next to nothing about Tom or Chuck it is very informative. Starting with Bob and Tom's beginnings as assistant animators at Walt Disney Studios to their stops at Romer Grey Pictures, Harman-Ising Productions and eventually all three of them working together at Warner Bros.

The foreword was written by John Kricfalusi, of Ren and Stimpy fame, is filled with his usual enthusiasm for Bob McKimson's animation and directorial work. If you've read John's blog regularly you'll probably know there's no bigger champion of McKimson than him. The introduction is delivered by Darrel Van Citters and highlights Bob's importance to the Warner Bros. cartoons look and characters.

The book as whole mostly highlights Bob's career as and an animator and director but considering the impact the man had on probably the greatest cartoons studio ever I don't see that as a bad thing. Bob was a superior draftsman and also animated at a fast pace. Tom's work with Western Publishing gets it's own chapter, which is loaded with illustrations. Starting with his time as a freelancer to his ascension to role of art director for all the comic book lines. Chuck also started working with Western Publishing after the Warner Bros. studio closed down.

I mentioned the illustrations, and this book is loaded from cover to cover. All three McKimson's are well represented with artwork. There's loads of model sheets, layouts, animation drawings and comic book art. A lot of which I haven't seen reprinted anywhere else. I haven't had time to soak it all up, but this is definitely one of the best animation related books out there. A must for Warner Bros. fans!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Zesty Relish Jr. Model Sheet

 I posted this cartoon a couple of years ago (twice I think) but forgot both times to include the model sheet for Zesty Relish Jr. And since I haven't uploaded a decent model sheet in a long time, here ya go. This was printed in Draw! Magazine #6, which you should own. There's two great interviews, one will creator Bill Wray and the other with collaborator and all-around super cartoonist and swell guy, Stephen DeStefano.

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