Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Color Theory 14 - Painting: HB Holes and Ruff N Reddy

Hey Art, are these your BGs?










The ORIGIN OF HB's LOOK

http://www.animationarchive.org/2007/12/filmography-happy-birthday-ruff-and.html


If you wanna watch the original HB show, go watch it at Steve's site.
This episode of Ruff N Reddy has some great BGs with really imaginative techniques and colors.







They even stole Bob Clampett's Dishonest John character! I wonder what Clampett thought of that.

17 comments:

Weirdo said...

Awesome pics. The use of color here is absolutely breathtaking. Who did this? Was it Art Lozzi or Monteleagre? Also, I like the different shapes of holes. Not every hole is a perfect circle. Great stuff.

Raff said...

Nice!

I notice they're dark at the top and light at the bottom. Theory behind that?

Larry Levine said...

HB background art at it's peak! Too bad within a few short years Bill & Joe went down the 'Scooby Doo' road to uninspired dreak.

Brian Romero said...

I love these backgrounds!

Recently I stole Dishonest John for an illustration gig. Of course he's was stolen from the Simon Legree character in Uncle Toms Cabin.

JohnK said...

I think he even says "Nyah ah ah!" in the HB cartoon.

monopezopoly said...

hey John have u heard of this book? it seems pretty interesting.

http://www.amazon.com/Hanna-Barbera-Treasury-Jerry-Beck/dp/1933784288/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b

Larry Levine said...

One of Bob Clampett's Beany & Cecil characters in a Hanna-Barbera Cartooooooooooon?

Mitch Leeuwe said...

He John, sorry for asking but can you tell more about the process of design (the appealing shapes and stuff) like in the backgrounds in this post. I think that would be really interesting, you did that before on that ramjet construction post.
I find it difficult to create characters and backgrounds with interesting shapes/designs. Maybe you have some tips for newby's.

Great post! Love watching the flinstones.

rodineisilveira said...

The villain who appears on this episode from Ruff & Reddy (Hanna-Barbera/Columbia Pictures, 1957-60) - the one which involves Pinky the little elephant - is named Harry Safari.

XKIRA said...

Nya ha ha

WJC said...

Great looking jungle backgrounds, which I reckon is really tricky stuff to get right.

Roberto said...

Nicely done HB backgrounds. I love the textures on these (especially on the walls of the pit).

These backgrounds can speak very well for themselves.

lastangelman said...

Very cute children's story. Oh, the backgrounds are fabulous.

Emmett said...

I've been obsessed with this era of Hanna Barbera lately. The backgrounds are amazing, and very atmospheric too.

Mr. K, do you know anything about Hokey Wolf, because I can't find anything on that cartoon and I'm interested. And is there anything to say about any more of these classic characters, because your posts are exciting me.

Josh "Just What the Doctor Ordered" Heisie said...

Beauty, eh.

Martyn Drake said...

As a kid, I used to really hate HB stuff - especially the Flintstones and Scooby Doo. I'm not sure whether it was the style or their humour, but it never really sat well with me.

As I've grown older and more insane, I've come to appreciate all the work that they've done - the good and the bad.

And it's also thanks to Mr. K that you get to really appreciate the work that goes into making cartoons and provides a different perspective on how and why the people that made them did what they did.

Bill Field said...

TV doesn't get any better than this- Intriguing shapes and forms with an appropriately limited, "primitive" earthtoned pallette. The characters stick out because of the contrast of the brighter colors of the characters. The shame is, it's hard to see the backgrounds as a seperate element, until of course, you, John, present them that way. But that total mesh of forground characters and awe-inspiring backgrounds with texture and color values that have been lost from animation for decades.