Tuesday, November 17, 2009

"Toon" Action



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The Original Ideals of everyone's favorite "toon"

28 comments:

Jorge Garrido said...

These are great drawings, John! I'm not a fan of this show, but you gotta admit it had one of the best crews ever! If only the finished product can reflected that!

RooniMan said...

Nice drawings you got there, John.
(I assume those arn't your drawings)

HemlockMan said...

You know what's weird?


It looks like Wally Wood drew those. (Yeah, he was long dead. But that's what it looks like.)

Kyle said...

I assume your aware that Looney tunes is back on Cartoon Network again, right? And its the old prints too, which you seem to prefer over the remastered ones.

Trevor Thompson said...

Is that Mike F.?

JohnK said...

No, actually they are the DVNRed remastered prints. I saw some of them.
They may not be latest of 200 remasterings, but they definitely had digital remastering problems.

Plus they stretched the picture on the HD versions - and put giant logos over them all - and commercials on top of the picture while the cartoons were playing.

Unbelievable.

Dorseytunes said...

I saw "Big House Bunny" today with some of the previously deleated scenes left in. It was nice to see some of the gags. I laughed out loud when Sam knocked the Warden in the head after thinking he's Bugs. The line "Hot Enough For Ya Schultz?" after Sam gets toasted in the electric chair had me going too. I'm glad that Cartoon Network is showing some cartoons again. The ads do get pretty tiresome. We get enough of that on the internet don't we?

Jorge Garrido said...

That Porky/Hampton looks like Eddie Fitzgerald and the duck looks like Mike F, Trevor.

Mitch L said...

That's interesting! Can't wait.

flashcartoons said...

hey John, i have been studying Preston Blair's book and doing your lessons. Still on the first page. But your guidance would be appreciated.

http://learninganimation.blogspot.com/search/label/preston%20blair

Guy said...

These are great drawings, John! I'm not a fan of this show, but you gotta admit it had one of the best crews ever! If only the finished product can reflected that!

Uh... No... (Unless you're the kind of guy who defends the art of the Simpsons.)

You know what I've always liked? How insincere, badly-made, completely artificial imitations of cartoons always mark themselves as "toons." It's really nice of them to do that!

Chris said...

Was the Looney Tunes Complete Collection videotape series from Colombia House DVNR'd?

Jorge Garrido said...

"Uh... No... (Unless you're the kind of guy who defends the art of the Simpsons.)

You know what I've always liked? How insincere, badly-made, completely artificial imitations of cartoons always mark themselves as "toons." It's really nice of them to do that!"

Guy, I've always defended you around the internet, so I don't understand the animosity. I didn't say the show was good, I said the CREW was good:

Eddie Fitzgerald
Kent Buttersworth
Mike Fontanelli
Jim Smith
Jenny Lerew
Bob Camp
Bruce Timm
Owen Fitzgerald
Norm McCabe
Art Leonaridi
Rich Arons
Art Vitello
Jim Reardon
Chris Reccardi
Mike Kazaleh

And tons more! These are all fantastically talented people!

Trevor Thompson said...

I predict people having secret video tape parties in the future. Too bad WB doesn't let people rent their old prints for anything less than a mint.

JohnK said...

Tom Minton, Chris Reccardi, Lynne Naylor and yeah, tons more.

FJH said...

Hi John K!
I was wondering if you ever listen to the Adam Carolla podcast, he did a show on 11/16/09 that starts out talking about the wasteland that modern animation has become.

JohnK said...

I haven't heard him, but I heard a liberal radio guy railing about how cartoons started getting awful in the 70s. He didn't know why or anything and he was asking the audience if they thought the same thing, but he cited Scooby Do as one of the terrible modern cartoons and talked about how his kids watched the classics (like Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry and Popeye) over and over again on video.

I wish I could find that show and link to it.

I forget the announcer's name. He has a grating high pitched voice and he hates Republicans. He's hard to listen to normally, but that night I was glued to my car radio.

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Haw! Those are all my drawings!

Eddie

Jenny Lerew said...

I believe those Hampton drawings are Eddie's. Probably the ones that are studies of Daffy from "Great Piggy Bank Robbery" are also his. I know I had those Hampton sheets for sure from him. He drew him just like Porky, very cute.

Jorge, you shouldn't list me with those other guys-I was just starting my first job and they were way out of my league-but that's nice of you. I did do some really decent stuff for one of Eddie's shorts, a musical dance thing-I will say that(working off his brilliant board drawings helped a bit, lol).
You should add Jim Gomez, who was as deft a cartoonist as anyone else including Reccardi.
Yeah, that series had a very, very talented crew of artists-about 2/3rds of whom had worked with John and Ralph. Tom Minton incidentally was writing, never drawing, at WB-more's the pity. But of course he is an artist nevertheless.

Jorge Garrido said...

John, was it Terry Gross?

The sad fact is the audience doesn't care that much about animation, they only have a casual interest, so every now again they notice how awful it had gotten while they were busy having a casual interest in, I don't know, gourmet cooking or interior design, before they move on to their casual interest in the next thing.

Also, I find it funny that Adam Corolla is railing against it since he does voices on every crap cartoon there is. In fact, the only funny thing Family Guy ever did was Norm MacDonald playing Death, and he was REPLACED by Adam Corolla. Funny thing is, Norm is a big fun of Bugs Bunny. He says it's some of the best acted and written comedy ever.

Jorge Garrido said...

By the way, was this the Corolla podcast? I should clarify my other comments by saying I really like Adam Corolla.

http://www.adamcarolla.com/ACPBlog/2009/11/16/adam-and-dr-drew-3/

Jorge Garrido said...

Hey, John, Jenny brings up something I've been thinking about lately. How come so few people nowadays are known for being both writers (the way someone like Conan O'Brien is) and cartoonists/drawers?

Spike Jones used to hire Tex Avery and Virgil Partch to write gags for him. But when I think of who usually writes comedy nowadays, it's usually stand up comics and improv comedians.

The only people I can think of who are known equally among comedy and animation circles are Sam Simon, Tom Minton, and Jim Reardon. Mike Judge is good enough to write his own movies but when he gets a show they pair him with a million live action comedy writers. Sometimes it works, like with a legend like Greg Daniels on King of the Hill, and sometimes it fails, like in The Goode Family.

Sam Simon created The Simpsons, he draws, he designed the early episodes, but he also created and directed a lot of live-action sitcoms. He was also known as one of the funniest writers in the comedy, among a crew of people who wrote for SNL, The Simpsons and had no affiliation with animation. The fact that Sam drew didn't take away their admiration of him or his authority. How come more cartoonists don't get into the comedy end of the business?

I predict the next big cartoonist is gonna be someone who comes from a stand-up comedy, improv, radio, background who's secretly honing his drawing skills. I mean, imagine if Conan O'Brien could draw like you, John!

No, scratch, that, I predict the next big cartoonist is gonna come a from all encompassing film, comedy AND drawing background. Someone who's done all three.

Chris said...

I thought Adam Corolla was a helluva lot funnier than Jimmy Kimmel on The Man Show. Damn, that was a great show!

Guy said...

Jorge: I was talking about the drawings.

Looking at those drawings is like looking at TV's Kyle. Only TV's Kyle is worse. It's that special sort of fakeness.

Eddie might've drawn them, but it's still true. Sorry Eddie! Looking at it again, the pig's not so bad, but it's still true of the duck.

Guy, I've always defended you around the internet, so I don't understand the animosity.

Eh. I spend too much time with really dumb, really angry people. Basically everywhere I try to discuss cartoons that isn't this blog. I get too casually mean.

Feels like being on message boards for asylums, only ones for stupidity.

JohnK said...

I think those drawings are great. It's the concept that's dumb.

But if the show looked like that, I could always turn the sound down and enjoy it.

Pokey said...

Jorge Garrido said...
"John, was it Terry Gross?"

No, Terry is a woman.

Jorge Garrido said...

Aahhh, geez, I meant Ira Glass! My mind was somewhere else that day.

Guy said...

John: They're a lot better than they seemed when I looked at the tiny versions on the blog post. I still don't really like them, though.

I do like the couple of ones in your newer post that look like his blog doodles, though.