Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What If Milt Gross Drew HB Characters?

I was thinking about how HB cartoonists blended their different styles into interesting new combinations and wondered what would have happened if some of my other favorite cartoonists had worked on the cartoons.

Like what if Milt Gross had done the layouts on a picture or 2?

Some random scribbles...
PLAY THIS WHILE JINKS CHASES MEECES

I also wonder who decided which parts of cartoon characters have fur and which parts are shaved. Maybe Yogi would like to try different shaving styles sometime.


I got the Milt Gross poses from this fine book.

23 comments:

Shawn Dickinson said...

MAGNIFICENT! haha!

Dr. Depo said...

If Milt Gross drew HB characters, the world would be a much better place.

RooniMan said...

If Gross worked at HB, the look of the cartoons would be radically different, also making Ed Benedict furious.

Alberto Guerrero said...

They look great. All the poses look really dynamic.

Thank you for adding the book, it will help us to know what kind of drawing book will help us to develop our skills. It is kind of hard to find good material.

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Hilarious! Gross's style actually does fit H&B, sort of. who would have thunk?

Robert Schaad said...

These are great John...along these lines, I'd like to see a hybrid Fred Flintrock and Yogi.

Aaron said...

this is really neat to see. You should do more of these.

Alberto said...

Wow, those are fantastic!

Bob said...

interesting idea, however i'm not sure if the drawings of huck in the gross style captures his character. I don't want to describe Huck's persona in words, but I think there is something lovable about him being really dumb, casual, and slow to do things that are not translated in these high energy drawings.

Perhaps you could draw people from the south in gross style, maybe it would help capture huck's personality better. (not to say I believe people in the south are dumb, but the mentality there is much different than the north.)

EalaDubh said...

For one thing I'm betting it would be IMPOSSIBLE for the other animators to remain on-model. :)

EalaDubh said...

Ah, and I always wondered about that piece of music, it was the one thing that always stood out in those early HB cartoons for some reason. How much of the music then came from stock to save money? Snooper and Blabber had their own specially-composed incidental music (it's on the Hanna-Barbera CD), so I'm wondering if that was the first H-B series of shorts to actually do that.

Erik said...

haha i love booboo in the last drawing, watching very sneeky behind yogi.

Damiano D said...

Wow! I love the fusion. I definitely think they'd turn out to be different cartoons if draw like this. I can't recall, but did you do this kind of fusion in any of your own cartoons?

Joey Lee said...

too. much. good stuff...brain can't handle it.

Roberto Severino said...

These are so awesome. Milt Gross meets early Hanna-Barbera! What a great combination.

Next time, could you try combining someone like Rod Scribner or Irv Spence in the mix?

Pedro Vargas said...

So cool!!

TedM said...

Cool HB pictures. You should own the rights to all the HB characters.

Yowp said...

EalaDubh.. H-B used stock music for all of Ruff and Reddy. Huck, Yogi and the Meeces had it for the first three seasons, Quick Draw, Augie and Snooper had it for the first two seasons. Then it was replaced by Hoyt Curtin's stuff.
The Quick Draw show, usually, used different music from the Huck show, though it was all from the same music libraries.

I agree with Bob. I don't know if the Gross style would suit a character like Huck. But I do think the animation on the characters was tamer as the seasons wore on. Carlo Vinci animated Huck and Jinks in ways in the first season you'd never see in the third.

HemlockMan said...

That would have been really cool. But it would have been Zombie Milt Gross, because he was dead by then.

zmerrill said...

I hate to say it, but that looks like it could be the new modern look on cartoons. That would be neat!

Scrawnycartoons said...

I just read the title of this post and it got me excited. Great drawings John, even your quick doodles have bundles of energy!

Nate Bear said...

This is the grossest thing I've seen in while.

MistahB said...

That would be awesome I think, but at the same time would make ol' Ed pissed!