Sunday, December 19, 2010

Next: How To Tell A Walt Clinton Character Layout

This is Walt Clinton, one of the early layout artists/designers for H and B cartoons.
I like him a lot.
The main designers/layout artists in the earliest HB cartoons were Ed Benedict - the most stylish and inventive, Dick Bickenbach - good but somewhat blander and Walt Clinton.
Tony Rivera came later and was the worst of the bunch.
These frame grabs are all Clinton layouts from Quick Draw McGraw cartoons.



Walt Clinton's style is very distinct and I'll show you how to recognize his designs in the next post so you can be a hit with all the lonely wives at the Christmas party.

18 comments:

Trey Brown said...

it looks like he doesnt vary his line weights as much as benedict. ed likes to add that extra special accent to make sure all his lines seem organic.

Scrawnycartoons said...

How to tell an artists layout from another? I'll be the bell of the ball!

Kidding aside, I'm looking forward to it. I'm already enjoying these frame grabs. The one of the man holding the gun to the judges head reads real nice.

Kumar said...

Definitely think we need a John K blog dedicated to picking up lonely wives.

Waqas Malik said...

"lonely wives?" ...i don't get it XD

p.s. how come your site lags a lot now? state farm and happy tree friends ads are slowing my computer down :-/

Steven M. said...

Please do!

Blammo said...

Walter Clinton was a great Animator for Avery on some of his best Cartoons.
His stuff is fantastic!
Great post John.

Michael E. Vernon said...

Ah, those were the good old days. Unfortunately, The lonely wives would hit ME!

Zartok-35 said...

Clint is awesome. I'm sure this post is in high demand.

rodineisilveira said...

Johnny K.,

These Walter Clinton's character designs are from the Quick Draw McGraw episodes, on The Quick Draw McGraw Show (Hanna-Barbera/Columbia Pictures, 1959-62). Even the final scene from the Kabong Kabong's Kabong episode - which's anthologic ("It seems that there's a convention of El Kabongs here!", reports Quick Draw) - is included on this topic.

Will Finn said...

Dude on the right in the last still looks like "MEZMO" the magician from THE FLINTSTONES.

Also the staging reminds me of the FLINTSTONE show where Fred babysits little Egbert who gets mixed u with a pet dino puppy...

Haven't seen QUICKDRAW since i was about 5, so i can only relate these to shows i have had more recent access to. Have

Mykal said...

This is why I enjoy this blog: It's so educational. I can see why you like Clinton so much. Would it be fair to say he might be an influence on your work?

C said...

I find the first picture funny for some reason.

Also thought these lightbulbs would be of interest to people who read this blog. There are some familiar characters! Too bad they'd probably burn your house down.

HemlockMan said...

Nothing chases women away faster than guys debating the fine points of animation shorts of the early 60s.

Yowp said...

Geez, I'm a lonely wife at a Christmas party?

Thanks, John. I've been looking forward to this post. The Benedict and Clinton designs are the most fun to look at, though I have trouble picking out which is which on some cartoons.

Rivera's best cartoon is Show Biz Bear. I like his TV director and the Yogi daydream sequence.

Bob Givens did layouts on the earliest Augies, but I don't know if he worked on Quick Draw or Snooper. The Augies seem to have gone into production later than the other two.

Zoran Taylor said...

That second drawing from the bottom of the post with the devilish revolver reach-around is FANTASTIC.

rodineisilveira said...

Johnny K.,

Only to remember, here's a list of the Quick Draw McGraw episodes which bring the artwork done by Walter Clinton (and who animated them):

- Doggone Prairie Dog. Animated by Gérard Baldwin.
- the El Kabong's first appearance. Animated by Lew Marshall.
- Gun Gone Goons. Animated by Dick Lundy.
- El Kabong Strikes Again. Animated by Carlo Vinci.
- The Treasure of El Kabong. Animated by Kenneth Muse.
- Locomotive Loco. Animated by Carlo Vinci.
- The Lyin' Lion. Animated by George Nicholas.
- Kabong Kabong's Kabong. Animated by George Nicholas.
- El Kabong Meets El Kazing. Animated by George Nicholas.
- Two Too Much. Animated by Ed Love.
- Twin Troubles. Animated by Kenneth Muse.
- Ali-Baba Looey. Animated by Dick Lundy.

And God bless you.

rodineisilveira said...

Johnny K.,

Walter Clinton also was master in drawing crowds (so as Lynne Naylor does in the last years) in the Hanna-Barbera cartoons.
Here are some episodes which brings scenes of crowds drawn by him:

Yogi Bear:
- Prize Fight Fright
- Papa Yogi
- Space Bear

Huckleberry Hound:
- Tricky Trapper
- Notthingham and Yeggs

Quick Draw McGraw:
- Doggone Prairie Dog
- El Kabong
- El Kabong Strikes Again
- Kabong Kabong's Kabong

Snooper & Blabber:
- Disappearing Inc.
- Doggone Dog, Gone

I'll continue with this listing on a new opportunity.

rodineisilveira said...

Have you noticed that the designs which Walter Clinton did for the Hanna-Barbera cartoons of the 50s and 60s (including these ones from The Quick Draw McGraw Show), seems like the Spanish tebeos (it's how are known the comics in Spain/España) designs?