Saturday, June 09, 2007

Hubley Commercial: Peas

Peas.

Here is some more funny Scribner stylized animation.


He figured out how to turn this guy's head around and see it from the back-hard to do with such stylized shapes...
he has really funny lip synch too.

Scribner likes to do accents that kind of jitter. You can see this in a lot of the McKimson cartoons he animated.





Funny, unique walks and runs as always.



















Scribner was a guy who tried to have fun when he animated. He never seemed to just take a job or style for granted.

12 comments:

Peggy said...



If I actually still had the drive to animate anything without the siren song of money this would be so inspirational. I can't believe how effortless Scribner makes moving this stuff look!

CartoonSteve said...

John,
When we get the overwhelming urge to pay for this awesome service you provide, should we just go and donate to the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive?

Either way, I just did.

Thanks and please keep up the great work!

Steve

Joe Henderson said...

This commercial looks so good. How cool would it be to see some more commercials done this way today. Imagine an animated Valtrax commercial, that would be awesome!!!

Kali Fontecchio said...

It's weird to see this style with the dimensions he gives them. After watching a bunch of these types of commercials compared to his they have design and that's all usually.

mike f. said...

Well, you've sure convinced me! These are some of the coolest and most expressive drawings I've ever seen in a UPA cartoon. No reflection on Poe or Thurber, but as a cartoonist - I'd take this stuff over TELLTALE HEART or UNICORN IN THE GARDEN any day.

UPA seems to have done their funniest and most entertaining work on their TV commercials. Their theatrical cartoons - especially later, post-Hubley entries like BALLET-OOP, (1954) seem lackluster and phoned-in by comparison.

I wonder why Scribner wasn't used more often in the theatricals? My guess - and it's just a guess - is that the commercial work was the studio's real bread-and-butter. The theatricals brought the studio Oscars and fame, but the TV commercials might have been paying the bills - at least up until 1960.

Jorge Garrido said...

Maybe Scribner was only able to animate commercials while on the run from the men in white coats?

JohnK said...

Actually Mike, I think those commercials are from Hubley's own studio, but I could be wrong.

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Very, very nice! I like dialogue done from a back pose!

NateBear said...

That Green Giant has some NICE LEGS!

Just sayin'...

Bob Flynn said...

Thanks for digging these two commercials up and posting them. I disagree with your distaste for the UPA, but I can see what you're getting at with these. Livelier fun animation, with the UPA design sense still in tact. And now I know who Scribner is.

Raff said...

Such a strong three-dimentional concept of this character, considering that he's virtually defined by the profile. What's really fascinating are the decisions on when and when not to use a black line.

When his face turns to 3/4 profile on "perfect flavor", there's a line right down the middle of his face defining the mouth a la Fred Flintstone. Who started that trend? Picasso? How does it work?

Brandon said...

Wow, that lip sync is genius. I love the subtle changes in direction on "the fleeting moment". Great performance without obsessing about smoothness.