Sunday, March 15, 2009

When Fred Became a Smurf

Here is a random assortment of Flintstone comics and books drawn by different cartoonists.



Look at Flintstone's eyes. Do you notice what I do? He has 2. Even Rubble has 2 pupils at least.



Everyone has the decency to have 2 eyes.
I'm ok with that.
hazelton_flintstones_024For most of Flintstone's career he had 2 eyes like most of us, but then....


SOMETHING BIZARRE HAPPENED

What's going on here?
Did Space Aliens go back in time to posess Fred's soul and remove his second eye, while leaving both pupils?
2 pupils on one eye! Horrors!
Are these the Space Aliens?
http://i3.iofferphoto.com/img/item/419/304/16/o_smurfs2.pnghttp://modmycomments.com/x/cartoon/smurfs.gif

http://www.citynews.ca/images/jan1508-smurfs.jpg
http://www.cartoon-secrets.com/Photos/Heathcliff-cartoon-games.jpg


Pebbles looks like she is going through "the change".

Look carefully in the mirror every day. If you see your eyes beginning to merge, see an exorcist or something!
EXTRA TREATS


Here's a link to some Gene Hazelton comics where you can see different stages of Flintstone's condition emerging.

http://comicrazys.com/index.php?s=hazelton


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Something happens to your nose too, as your eyeballs meld.
It seems to shrink.
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36 comments:

David Gale said...

Who invented the mono-eye?

Peggy said...

He's turning French! Yabba-dabba-deaux.

Marty Walker said...

How dare people make different stylistic choices!

palookapress said...

Okay so wanting your input on the one eye point. I am guilty of this technique as well. So, is this in your eyes a form of no follow through. Bad design choice, or just bad all around. I always looked at it more like a style. I understand though in regards to shapes. This one eye breaks the rule of construction and what should be a circle/oval.

JohnK said...

I just think it's a funny quirk that doesn't really fit in HB cartoons.

drawingtherightway said...

I see that the smurf lego sculpture actually has 2 separate eyes. Better not let any executives see that: that's way too off model for them!

Bob said...

doesn't goofy and sometimes daffy duck have a mono-eye, what's your feelings about that?

Austin "oppo" Papageorge said...

They should at least have the decency to turn into a cyclops.

Niki said...

It's weird because normally when the eyes merge they get all bulgy. maybe it would fit better if the bulge was also stylish to HB principles.

Keunemeun said...

And what is HB style? let's face it: the flintstones don't look like tom and jerry. Chuck jones also used the mono eye, but not very often. Only when the character is gazing into the camera, I think.

Aaron said...

Is it a Japanese influenced thing? It feels like it.

John A said...

So how did they handle Barney's eyes in this bizarro world? were his pupils-only eyes crammed together into one single eye or were they side by side in a blacked out figure eight pattern?

Some may call this progress, but this was never my favorite era for Hanna-Barberra. It even found its way into already crappy Saturday morning shows like "The Hair Bear Bunch".

FriedMilk said...

Sonic also only has one eye. And he's blue. Hedgehogs aren't blue. Maybe he's a mutated Smurf.

Brubaker said...

The 2 pupils/one eyeball style thing is common in old European comics drawn in a cartoony style (remember that Smurfs started out as a Belgian comic book before getting turned into a series by Hanna-Barbera)

No surprise in "Heathcliff". The original comic used this type of eye on most of the characters. Most of the time the orange cat had half-closed "dot" eyes, but when his eyes was wide open, no matter what, the creator drew an eyeball with two pupils. This trait made it to the Ruby-Spears series, where the character designs were more faithful to the strip it was based on. The DiC version, however, pretty much changed everything.

Ahahnah said...

Mickey Mouse had alien eyes. In Fantasia documentary section they talked about how the artist asked Walt, "can we have pupils within the pupils." They said Mickey's eyes in the colored cartoons were scaring the audiences.

I've been wondering what parts did Preston Blair do on the Sorcerers Apprentice.

Peter said...

probably a French cartoonist took over the Flintstone strip...
The DIC Heathcliff had a French Director (Bruno Bianchi, I believe) and all the characters had those kinds of eyes.
Weren't you a designer on Heathcliff, John???

Oliver_A said...

Especially interesting if one considers that the original pre-Hanna-Barbera artwork of "Les Schtroumpfs" also doesn't suffer from this plague:

Les Schtroumpfs

Here you can see perfectly seperated eyes.

Rick Roberts said...

He's turning French! Yabba-dabba-deaux."

Yeah european cartoonists started with those one oval eyes.

Weren't you a designer on Heathcliff, John???"

Here's his name at the end credits at 0:13:

Heathcliff end credits.

Poor Johnny. Oh well, it was work. :P

Brubaker said...

Heathcliff has the "honor" of being the last character voiced by Mel Blanc (on both the Ruby-Spears and the DiC series). When I saw the (DiC) series on Fox Family, I thought Heathcliff sounded like Bugs Bunny, and sure enough, he WAS!

Blanc was very expensive to hire, so R/S and DiC must've had extra load in the budget if they hired him to do the voice.

Even Warner Bros. dropped him in many of the 1967-69 "Looney Tunes" (except those that feature Daffy and Speedy, since they're established). Larry Storch was brought in to do most of the voices on the final LT shorts.

HemlockMan said...

When Smurfs close their eye,it becomes TWO eyes again!!! Zounds!

Oliver_A said...

Sure, it's a European thing...

Chuck Jones Daffy

And especially a FRENCH thing...

What are the Smurfs?

*slaps hand against head about ignorance of most posters*

Americans and their French-o-phobia...

Bill Wright said...

I hear ya, John. I'm not a big fan of the smooshed-together visor eye myself. Almost as bizarro as the dreaded dog-nosed Disney human.

Rick Roberts said...

Oliver: That isn't the same style as the smurf and heathcliff examples.

SuperHappy said...

Never knew the Flintstones had a comic strip; looks like I was 11 when it ended.

I think it's rather interesting how the art in this comic kept on evolving after the TV series ended... seems to have gone off on its own direction!

Brian Romero said...

I'm more curious how Fred acquired a shotgun on the cover of that Barney Rubble sticker book.

Oliver_A said...

Oliver: That isn't the same style as the smurf and heathcliff examples.

Well... Duh! That's exactly my point, because you guys make hilarious statements about the "frenchiness" of an American produced series.

Oliver_A said...

Plus again, Chuck used this technique before the Smurfs were even invented:

Another Cyclops Daffy

Gerard D. de Souza said...

It's comic strip shorthand like Dik Browne's or Mort Walker's work. The Smurfs were a French comic first. It's supposed to happen in animation when both eyeballs get big the go into one.
Phil deLara drew his Daffy Duck in his comic book that way. The only time Daffy looked in animation the way he did in his comic is when he gets knocked on the head in Riff-Raffy Daffy.

Gerard D. de Souza said...

It's comic strip shorthand like Dik Browne's or Mort Walker's work. The Smurfs were a French comic first. It's supposed to happen in animation when both eyeballs get big the go into one.
Phil deLara drew his Daffy Duck in his comic book that way. The only time Daffy looked in animation the way he did in his comic is when he gets knocked on the head in Riff-Raffy Daffy.

Thomas said...

Flounder/ fluke effect?

Hans Flagon said...

Well, as far as HB is concerned, I think mono-eye syndrome started with Iwao Takamoto character designs. I'm not sure if it was on the character sheets that way, or if I saw it initially in Scooby Doo. Possibly as early as Frankenstein Jr (who designed that?). Definately part of the scheme by the time of HairBear Bunch and "Wait til your father gets Home" It was in the House Style in the seventies before HB got the Smurfs.

A lot of it had to do with flesh colored eyes. Mister Rubble was the first genetic experiment there, as far as I can tell.

Thomas said...

You can see in the Daffy examples that WB used the eye effect to convey anxiety, which kind of makes sense.
It probably became a generic signifier for "existentialism" .
Scooby Doo, and the rest, just used it arbitrarily, to be "modern" and up to date.
That's my theory, anyway.

Jorge Garrido said...

Good Lord! I've seen Gene Hazelton do that one eye thing before, but never with Fred!

Steve Carras said...

Managed to finally get on here, wanted to comment but had, had Blogger problems, anyway, my 2 cents-got to finally see what the one eye and two pupils was--the eye with the two pupils inside. That was one thing that which I'd always came to hate about later sixties, seventies cartoons, and 80s too. Well, that and the taking the innocent teenager types as seen in sitocms and ads like Patty Duke Show and dumbing them down into Pebbles Teenage Flinstone [look for mine and other shcathing reviews of THAT 1971 show on IMBD.com. Somewhere under crappy cartoons..]

Glad to see Joe Barbera hated those modern cartoons shows too.

Oh, and JohnK, I loved the way you describe Astro's diction: "he talked like a retard.." LOL. Did you tell anyone at Hanna-Barbera that? :)

Ed Benedict did a great job with female characters like the Jetsons Jane and Judy, unlike certain later versions of them.

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Pokey said...

Reposted [by Me, aka Steve Carras]:
David Gale said:
"Who invented the mono-eye"

Probaly a cyclops.