Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Gene Hazelton - Reynolds Wrap, the perfect cigarette foil

Here's Gene Hazelton. He was a cartoon designer/ Layout artist for Clampett, then Avery and probably many others.

It seems he might have also designed animated commercials, like this one.

Girl In Reynolds Wrap Foil Land

Those were the days! When a cute little girl can take time out from play to sell you cigarette tin foil!

Gene is a great draftsman and is especially known for his very appealing cute style.

Let's bring back cuteness and appeal to cartoons, sometime, huh?
Looks like some Hank Ketcham influence too.

Mmm, don't you just want to eat that foil? It melts in your fillings.

Ed Benedict liked Gene and his work a lot and always talked fondly of him to me. Gene designed many of the cute kid characters in Hanna Barbera cartoons. Pebbles, The Cave Kids, Magilla's little bitch and many more.

He also drew many of the Hanna Barbera comic strips in the 1960s. I used to collect and save them all and copy the drawings.
Gene did the layouts for Tex Avery's "Farm Of Tomorrow".

He did layouts on the UPA Dick Tracy show. His episodes really stand out for their great design and appeal.

I don't know a heck of a lot about him and what else he did, but I always like his stuff when I discover it.

Anyone else have any info on this wonderful cartoonist?


Kali Fontecchio said...

Yay! I like this commercial, its very smooth- she's a cute little salesman! I can't believe how they marketed this stuff, it's just plain crazy!

Anonymous said...

This commercial was for Grantray-Lawrence Productions, right?

OK, info on Gene...

Well, for one thing, his real name was Wesley Eugene Hazelton Sr.

He was born in 1919 and died in 2005.

He had an excellent Dennis the Menace rip-off comic called "Angel Face." I posted tons of rare, never before online 1957 panels on my blog and on this Flikr account. There's alot more to come that I still have to scan! You think this commercial has a Ketchum influence...

Scott Shaw has info on him.

Mark Evanier does, too.

justinmartyr said...

Hi John,

Just for the record, the "Flintstones" strip that you posted was actually drawn by Harvey Eisenberg, and the "Yogi Bear" strip was the work of Ed Nofziger. Mr. Hazelton perhaps did some rough thumbnails for both of those strips(he ran the comic strip department at Hanna-Barbera) but the finished art is definitely not his. His art does appear though, in many other "Flintstones" and "Yogi Bear" strips.

pinkboi said...

Shoujo anime has cuteness oozing out its pores

JohnK said...

>>Just for the record, the "Flintstones" strip that you posted was actually drawn by Harvey Eisenberg, and the "Yogi Bear" strip was the work of Ed Nofziger.<<

Yeah, I kinda suspected that, but found those strips on a website about Gene Hazelton.

Maybe I'll look for other examples.

Will Finn said...

one of the things i think GH is the unsung hero behind are the iconic animated titles of the old BEWITCHED TV show. The absolute precision in the likeness of the caricatures is amazing and they change expressions convincingly while maintaining the likeness of the real actors. never was a fan of the show but i still am as impressed by those titles now as when they first aired--they are really perfect imo.

Kali Fontecchio said...

" GH is the unsung hero behind are the iconic animated titles of the old BEWITCHED TV show"

He did those? Ohhh- those are great! He's got a very appealing style!

Anonymous said...!

Hammerson said...

>> Anyone else have any info on this wonderful cartoonist? <<

Amid made a big article and interview with Gene Hazelton eight years ago, in Animation Blast #4. It's the issue with your Yogi Bear drawing on the cover :-)
Gene was a fantastic cartoonist and designer. I love his work very much.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Kali, he also did "I Love Lucy"

Kristen McCabe said...

"Farm Of Tomorrow" was one of my favorite cartoons. I always loved those crazy invention type of toons. Do you have any screencaps from those?

Love the commercial. Did you notice how Evil the sun looks? hahaaa!

Jim Rockford said...

I liked how some of the old shows used animated titles like in "Bewitched".
Its rival "I dream of Jeannie" also had a cool opening by Friz Freleng.
And I remember there was an episode of Mr.Ed that had animated space aliens called (I think) Moko and Tati.

and Yes the I love lucy opening was by Gene Hazelton and Hanna Barberra when the worked for MGM

Kevin Barber said...

Thanks for posting this. I am a big Gene Hazelton fan and it is hard to find info on him.

rodineisilveira said...

Ogee, Magilla's "little bitch"?
For Heaven's sake, Johnny K.! What a meaness!
She's so sweet, so kind and she has an enormous affection for Magilla.

Margaret said...

Gene Hazelton bought our house in San Diego, He gave us some of his cartoons along with a letter, Not sure how to post them but I will.

Susan LeBlanc said...

As Margaret's secretary, I will post
links to Mr. Hazelton's letter and comic.

Susan LeBlanc said...

Wow! Check out this blog!!!