Saturday, December 09, 2006

Color Theory 7 - color isolated from detailed technique-Yogi Bear "High Fly Guy", 1958

News blast from Art Lozzi-Frank Tipper

Hi John,

What're you doing working Sundays? Me too.

Some color idea sketches I did for a real outdoor Jellystone Park? No, I can't say I remember any specific one. You keep asking if I remember details from 45 yrs ago. Some I do. I find it amusing, but fun. I wanted to ask you how you know it's my work. From the titles? From a particular style?
Frank Tipper? Never worked with him. Gawd! Wasn't he from the late 30's, early 40's? Wasn't he associated with early Alex Lovy. I'm much later. I was 1 year old when he started.
I read you daily now, with my morning coffee. I'll check the one about how H-B gradually became bland. It was obviously because of the too many cooks in the kitchen. Gone was the sparkle and the crystalline clinks. This is why I tell you how glad I was when I quit at the time I did.

Happy day.
Best,
Art L.


Here's a cartoon without the credits. In the 80s they used to run all these cartoons on USA's Cartoon Express-complete with the title credits and that's how I began to know what the names of all the animators were whose styles I had recognized since I was a kid.


This was also the first time I ever saw the cartoons in color and it was a revelation. I never realized how candy like and cartoony they were. I picked out Art's as my favorite BGs but liked most of them in general.Then USA decided to add more commercials per hour in their cartoon block so they started cutting off the credits to make time to sell you "My Little Fetus" and "Erotic Leg Warmer Workout Tapes" for babies.
Years later, when Turner bought Hanna Barbera, Cartoon Network decided to run the HB cartoons on their new channel-but they couldn't find the titles! Whoever edited them out of the cartoons cut them off the original masters!!! Aaargh!

Can you believe how stupid people in high positions in entertainment are??

I think since then someone at either Cartoon Network or now Warner's (the latest owners) have been finding some of the titles and putting them back on-but they haven't found them all yet so some history is still erased.

Of course while restoring the titles they've also gone in and changed colors and DVNRed a lot of the cartoons and added further tampering, but not as badly as they have ruined the Warner Bros. and many MGM cartoons.

So I don't know who painted this cartoon, but I'm guessing it might be Frank Tipper-who I know nothing about. The technique on this cartoon is simpler and the brush stokes and lines less confident and stylish than either Monte's or Art's. It looks like another cartoon that has Tipper's name in the credits.
These stills illustrate a point I have strongly made in earlier posts about color: They are painted with a limited palette-that is, just a small range of basic colors.

But within each color, there are slight variations in tint, hue and value. Look at the hills and tress. The whole area is green, but different values and hues of green. Those subtle differences make the feeling of the background much richer than if it was just a monochromatic green with darker and lighter shades of the same hue of green.

One hill is a turquoise sort of green, the other more towards middle green (with the salmon sky peeking through the sponge holes). Then the trees are painted on in different hues and values of green too.

So even though the actual brush technique of these paintings is minimal and none too deft, just using fun and clever color does a lot to make the cartoon feel bright and happy.

14 comments:

Chris Wyatt said...

All these colour theories have been useful in my assignment, thanks for the tips

Isaac said...

Hey John-

Not wholly related to your post, but just wanted to take the time to thank you for all that you're doing. I've learned a tremendous amount from your blog and I've recommended it to a few of my peers, and we all appreciate the wealth of knowledge that you've shared so far. So again, thanks!

xtracrsP said...

Don't kick me in the dick, but that cyan\pink title card for High Fly Guy reminds me of the colour scheme for Family Guy.

Kali Fontecchio said...

Those bastards cut-off the titles???!!!! How can they do that? I bet it's the same kind of people who filmed over Soupy Sales footage! What idiots!

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Who is officially in charge of the original prints and where are they all?
Thanks for the continued focus on color. The whites of the eaglets eyes are green. I need to try that sometime.

Anonymous said...

Who is officially in charge of the original prints and where are they all?
Thanks for the continued focus on color. The whites of the eaglets eyes are green. I need to try that sometime.

Art F. said...

it's easy to cut off titles when you think of cartoons as just "kiddie crap" and not a legitimite art form. bastards is too kind a name for these so-called entertainment people. why not just go to a museum and start x-acto knifing the signatures off the canvases? same principle.

Jorge Garrido said...

These backgrounds are so sparse yet so appealing. These are way better than Gerald McBoing Boing. At least we get both styles, complicated AND simple in these cartoons.

> In the 80s they used to run all these cartoons on USA's Cartoon Express-complete with the title credits and that's how I began to know what the names of all the animators were whose styles I had recognized since I was a kid.

They actaully added them for Cartoon Express, they weren't there originally.

>This was also the first time I ever saw the cartoons in color and it was a revelation.

Whoah! Really?

> I think since then someone at either Cartoon Network or now Warner's (the latest owners) have been finding some of the titles and putting them back on.

A Mr. Earl Kress. When I was a kid they used to run a three hour Boomerang block on Carton Network to promote their new channel (which is now nothing but Scooby and Dexter and 80s Yogi cartoons) Every Saturday I'd get up early to catch it, and every day it was a new year. (Today is 1962...on Boomerang!) My favourite was Auggie Doggie. I know they DIDN'T have the credits because I would have noticed Warren's and Mike's name on them (I was obsessed wiht Toonheads and The Acme Hour and the WB personnel)

JohnK said...

>>They actaully added them for Cartoon Express, they weren't there originally.<<

No, they were on the original cartoons. They might have been cut off in later showings but Cartoon Express ran the ones with the original titles for awhile, then cut them off themselves.

Jorge Garrido said...

http://forums.goldenagecartoons.com/showthread.php?t=4885&page=3&pp=10&highlight=theatrical+style

Second post, by MarkTheShark, in response to TheBlueHombre.

Then TheBlueHombre's additional info:

http://forums.goldenagecartoons.com/showthread.php?t=4885&page=12&pp=10&highlight=theatrical+style

Also:

http://forums.goldenagecartoons.com/showthread.php?t=4880&page=1&pp=10&highlight=theatrical

It appears definate that the full credits were made at the same time as the shows in the 50s and 60s. (The H-B logo changes are consistant with the shows at the time they were aired) but there's some debate over in those links about whether or not they aired that way. These cats watched them shortened as kids in the 50s but BlueHombre's theory is foreign markets had the longer credits. Does Canada count as a foreign market?

Or Mark could be wrong and they DID air originally.

Anonymous said...

Yeah I love it when I come across a post that's about stuff I never knew anything about. That whole thing about titles being lost is kinda just real crazy. Why would they let that happen? Yeah it's real sad. It is, as you said, erasing history.

Also, I love that screenshot of Yogi in that tree trunk. Mainly for the way they've put in texture to the trunk, with those thick strokes of a lighter tone of the brown hue. Awesome!

rodineisilveira said...

Johnny K.,

I remember very well of this classical Yogi Bear episode (High Fly Guy)!
I could recognize the layout made by the legendary Ed Benedict on it.
Well, this is was what I've had to report here.

From a devoted HB-fan,

Rodinei Campos da Silveira (from São Paulo, Brazil)

IN MEMORIAN OF WILLIAM HANNA & JOSEPH BARBERA

:-)

rodineisilveira said...

Johnny K.,

I could recognize the Ed Benedict's artwork on this Yogi Bear short (High Fly Guy).
I remember of having watched this episode on Boomerang.
This was what I've had to report here.

Cheers,

Rodinei Campos da Silveira (from São Paulo, Brazil)

HANNA-BARBERA - 50 YEARS OF FUN - 50 YEARS OF RUFF & REDDY

:-)