Saturday, October 09, 2010

Scribner Bugs Bunny Kool Aid Again



I wish I could see a good copy of this.

16 comments:

litlgrey said...

Okay, in this spot, we add a couple of things.

Color

Paul Frees

A far more on-model Bugs than we had seen in previous spots... but it's not Freleng's Bugs, it's Avery's anarchy-loving Bugs.

If only Arthur Q. Bryan hadn't passed away in 1958.

Rooniman said...

How many Kool Aid commercials did Scribner animate?

JohnK said...

I've seen 4 or 5 Bugs Bunnies and a few of the Ed Benedict designed ones.

Hopefully there are lots more.

Someone should release all of Tex Avery's Cascade commercials.

Isaak said...

The Toonheads documentary stated many of the commercials have degraded because of ill-use. How bad is the problem?

Also, speaking of "limited" animation, what do you think of the UPA "Hell-Bent for Re-election." It is quite a beautiful film

"You got to get out to vote."

Hammerson said...

Thanks for posting these wonderful commercials! The one from previous post was particularly intriguing because it gives a curious glimpse at how a Hanna-Barbera cartoon animated by Rod Scribner would look like.

I'm sure this commercial was directed by Tex Avery, because I saw once a drawing of Bugs Bunny in the same pose from approximately 35:00, and it had Avery's signature on it. If I find it later, I'll post a link.

Hammerson said...

Just found it!
link

Quite interesting, though I'm not sure that was Scribner's animation drawing. Looks more like Avery recreated the same pose from the commercial (I guess that's his own drawing).

Rothello said...

I don't know about any of you, but when the Kool-Aid Man full-on kissed Elmer on the lips, I burst out laughing.

Daniel Og said...

looks like it was done by the team that made the charlie brown cartoons.

hope i´m right to have found it to be ugly...

litlgrey said...

Daniel, there is nothing to be ashamed of in the creation of the original Lee & Bill Melendez Charlie Brown specials. John K. can tell you the firm foundation the Melendez brothers had in American animation.

Roberto Severino said...

Personally, I prefer the other Rod Scribner commercial. It seems like he wasn't allowed to do as much funny, off-model animation in this color ad, even though I did highly enjoy it.

Scrawnycartoons said...

I wonder who did the voice for Elmer if Arthur Q. Bryan passed away before these were made? Was it Mel Blanc?

Daniel Og said...

yeah. litlgrey,
i kind of regreted my coment soon after i posted it.
let me defend my stand.. :]

what i meant was that the jerkiness on that bugs bunny animation reminded me of the charlie brown cartoons, wich in my opinion had it´s charm, but wasn´t very well animated. like a hand crafted plate has it´s charm, but is all bent and full of inperfections.

but i´m an empirical bastard. all i´m saying comes from my stupid guts, so it´s still time for me to change my opinion, i hope.

litlgrey said...

I think you're talking about the limitations imposed by 1960s, pre-Xerox, pre-animatic, television animation.
You are likely familiar with some of those constraints, Daniel; they included time and budget. None of the work on those Charlie Brown specials was, to my knowledge, farmed out. That meant the Melendez Brothers did all the work in house with a small stable of animators who likely came up through the ranks of Warner, UPA, and perhaps H-B just as they did. This meant, for example, they knew how to create the most out of a limited pose. John goes over this frequently.

Daniel Og said...

i think i have to post here more often, instead of just start bothering john... hahha
that was trully helpfull.

Ross Irving said...

More Scribner animated Bugs Bunny ads, my body is not ready hnnnng. I can see little flashes of his style come through here and there in short bursts sprinkled in the entire commercial, it's weird and exciting at the same time.

Isaak said...

What has come of the "Ultimate Box Set?" If it will be released, how many extras will it have? "In-depth commentaries, "extensive documentaries," "powdered toast," "the meaning of life," "drawing competitions between you and Seth Mcfarlane?"

Must own complete set. Since these are moderated, you will see this. Please tell me if I should look forward to it or make due with my current collection.