Sunday, November 15, 2009

George Peed

George Peed was the 70s and 80s king of off - model. Check out Bugs' little hands.He drew tons of cartoon record album covers and they outraged me when I first saw them, but I quickly grew to love them.
The funny part is, these look accurate compared to the way they've been drawn in the last decade or so.
I love those donkey ears on Porky and Elmer's tiny wide set eyes.
Did you know that George is Bill Peet's brother? Bill changed his name slightly, but George stuck to his heritage.

I wish I could find some of the covers George did with Popeye on them. If you have one, send me a link! They're hilarious.

BTW, I drew a George Peed face on the sun in a ren and Stimpy cartoon.
Thanks to Tony W. for finding it for me.

29 comments:

James D said...

Hey John, when was the last time you talked to Jack Black? You should try to talk to him about doing more animation since he's mega rich and all

drawingtherightway said...

It says on wikipedia that Bill changed his last name because as a child he was teased because of it and he didn't want his children to have to go through that.

mr paal said...

ok, i can only find 6 mistakes on Bugs' crazy car - looks like i need dad's help!

Love Bugs' teeny hands & skinny legs!

Nate said...

huh!

few years back i bought the "Ghostly Sounds" album because I liked the art. looked for more stuff by Peed but couldn't find anything. Never seen these before. crazy.

litlgrey said...

Nice white carrot Bugs is chewing on, and EXCELLENT relative size of Tweety to Bugs and to Wile E. Coyote. Tweety must have been gobbling some of Tex Avery's Jumbo-Gro. Great hydrocephalic head on Tweety too.

Toncho said...

Uhh... Bugs' left hand is completely wrong on 'Get That Pet'. Why is this not an issue? Hahaha. Keep it up John, you're the best!


Oh, quick question. I heard about this episode where Stimpy is pregnant, did you have anything to do with it, or was it post-sell?

MrNeilESQ said...

I remember being eternally vexed as a child, at the George Peed illustrated Popeye books.

http://i34.tinypic.com/nn6x6v.jpg

Some of these books had the most off model, unresearched Brutus ever:

http://i36.tinypic.com/264stvc.jpg

Now, after years of viewing the same clip art libraries of the same poses over and over again, I can't get enough of these unique, accidental redesigns.

QAX said...

Was the GP face on the sun in "Black Hole" or "Space Madness"?

HemlockMan said...

I don't recall this guy's work, at all. Did he do much in the comic books for WB characters?

RooniMan said...

Wow! I never knew George Peed was Bill Peet's brother. I learn something new everytime.

Bryce Johansen said...

drawingtherightway said...
It says on wikipedia that Bill changed his last name because as a child he was teased because of it and he didn't want his children to have to go through that.

I feel his pain

Gabriele_Gabba said...

Well i found a link to some of his cool boards from Song of the South, not to mention some happy cartoonist photos. -
What a swell guy!

His art is really appealing, i like this work with coloured pencils!

I also included a site that documents his book covers, biography etc. Enjoy!

http://www.michaelspornanimation.com/splog/index.php?s=Bill+Peet&submit=Search

http://www.billpeet.net/

Pat Cashin said...

I remember staring at these album covers for hours as a kid. I always assumed that Peter Pan Records (out of Newark, NJ) never gave their artists any model sheets to go by and that's why their covers were always close, but somewhat off.

Colter said...

Peed, that is just rough man. That is up there with Butts. I went to school with a few people with the lastname Butts.

Jorge Garrido said...

There's a children's chapter book I own called Henry & The Paper Route that was written in 1954, and it has a few illustrations. There's one episode where Henry goes to see a marathon of cartoons at the movie theatre, and the illustration of Bugs Bunny onscreen looks like a George Peed drawing. I've always wondered who drew that! Thanks, John!

Pete Emslie said...

I must admit, I'm not as keen on these off-model depictions of Bugs and friends by George Peed. They actually bring to mind a similar style by a guy named Bert Grassik, who used to do all of the character art for Disney's Canadian division for many years, through the 60s and 70s, up until he retired in the early 80s. Prior to working for Disney, Bert was an editorial cartoonist, and a very good one, but he never did have a good handle on drawing Mickey and friends. Just like these drawings of the Looney Tunes, Bert also had a tendency to draw tiny, more human-like gloved hands on Mickey, and too much space between the eyes. John, you may recall from your Canadian childhood those ubiquitous magazine ads promoting those cutout wooden wall plaques of various Disney characters. I'm pretty sure those were Bert's designs.

Interestingly, although I usually don't like off-model animation art, I was always a big fan of Al Hubbard, who drew and inked many of the comic book adaptations of the Disney feature films. He had that beautiful thick and thin brush line similar to Walt Kelly's, that gave the comic art such a solidity of form and feeling of life. I think you've used some of his work as samples in previous posts, but you should do a whole topic on him - he was great!

dancing platypuss said...

2 me my fav character is the little something hiding in the hole

Whit said...

Wikipedia may state Bill Peed changed his name because he was made fun of as a child but so was his brother George, who didn't change his. Bill more likely changed it after hearing 1001 bad puns and seeing just as many insulting in-house caricatures at his expense at Disney in the 1930's and later. His name is still Bill Peed on the main title credits of "The Three Caballeros", released in 1944, and Bill was certainly a fully grown man at that point. At least his first name wasn't Dick.

Fernando Sosa said...

I prefer a thousand times Bozo, rather than Ronald McDonald :)

flashcartoons said...

I really like the drawing of the road runner. I myself find it hard to be on model, but practice makes perfect! Thanks for sharing these.

thomas said...

There's something disturbing about seeing the buckshot from Elmer Fudd's shotgun fly past Bugs Bunny. Kinda makes it too literal... kinda takes the fun out of it.

KW said...

I'm glad George never changed his name like his cowardly brother. That name provided my brother and i with hours of giggly snickery entertainment as kids. we had Monster Mash (which was a derned good illustration btw.)

Tony W. said...

Would the sun you're talking about be this one?

JohnK said...

Nope. That sun is Burl Ives.

The Peed sun might be in Big House Blues.

Tony W. said...

I found it: click

JohnK said...

That's it!

But how come the picture's stretched?

Tony W. said...

I think it was the program I was using. Here's a better one: click

Matthew Hunter said...

I like the art on that back cover image with the Mel Blanc photo. Cool Cat looks better on this than he ever did in the actual cartoons.

Christopher Sobieniak said...

George Peed and his covers was something I came to know too well as a 5 year old when that was all my mo ever bought me to stick on a Fisher-Price phonograph. That look is so it's own and somehow I suppose I grew to miss it these days. It does have that feel that reminds me of the work I would find locally in town if someone tried to draw one of those characters without much prior experience in doing so or having anything to go on besides a picture or two from a book.

Was the GP face on the sun in "Black Hole" or "Space Madness"?

I'm definitely sure it's from "Big House Blues", the pilot.