Saturday, March 30, 2013

Fanboy Admission and Genetics


I was a super nerd growing up (still am).
All I wanted to do was watch cartoons and draw 'em.

I loved cartoons that were based on personalities - iconic characters, even if they weren't fully animated.
I was especially obsessed with the Flintstones and not only drew them but acted out stories about them in the back yard  with my neighbors, Jeff and Phil. I actually got in trouble for it once.

I used to draw my own stories about them and even wrote treatises on what made up the different styles of each studio.
I used to explain how the different styles worked to my friends who stared at me like I was nuts. "Who the f' cares, Falusi??"

The Chipmunks for some reason were on Sunday mornings in Ottawa, sandwiched in between in all the boring Jesus shows. It was extremely limited but very creative and whimsical. And of course the music and soundtracks were great. I don't know what the heck happened to them in the 80s. They became preachy and depressing and hideously drawn.

Bobby Bigloaf is a character that is a fanboy but of the kind that wishes he could draw but instead chooses the easier route - to write.

There is a new kind of rare fanboy, encouraged by the internet, somewhat like Bobby, only much angrier, a very strange sort of genetic defect that luckily doesn't have chance of breeding.

I loved Disney animation as a kid but never really got into the characters. It just seemed like beautifully abstract motion and I was mesmerized by it.

I am much more naturally drawn to the kind of full animation that is creative like early Fleischers and Looney Tunes. 

21 comments:

Chris_Garrison said...

I love these Chipmunks drawings.

Please elaborate on how one gets in trouble for acting out Flintstones stories!

JohnK said...

I was expected to be a much more serious and responsible child, Chris.

Chris_Garrison said...

I thought maybe you klonked somebody with a club or pushed the car somewhere with your feet.

John Rouse said...

They used to play this crap on Sunday mornings when I was a kid.
Saturdays I got Looney Toons, Popeye, and Tom and Jerry.
What does Jesus have against good cartoons?
It's like road-kill...you hate to look at it, but you can't help but stare.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwtyGgmyRA8

Jesse Oliver said...

Love the doodles John!

I loved watching and drawing cartoons as a kid too! when I was a kid I would always watch and draw Ren & Stimpy. :)

I always love your drawings of characters from WB, MGM, HB, Fleischers and Disney, especially when you add your style to them.

Jesse Oliver said...

I also love your drawing of Mickey as if he were handled by Dreamworks! LOL!!!

Roberto Severino said...

I know you're not that into Famous Studios shorts, but have you seen any of the Popeye cartoons Jim Tyer directed during that time, like "Rocket to Mars," "Too Weak to Work," and "Service with a Guile." It's like a preview of what he would do at Terrytoons, but more polished in some cases depending on whether Izzy Sparber, Dan Gordon (who wasn't even there for that long), Seymour Kneitel, or Bill Tytla were overseeing the production of a particular short. Sure, it's not nearly the same as watching a Fleischer short animated in 1935 or 1936, but back then, nearly every studio had adopted standard 1940s animation principles and compared to how Disney like the Fleischer Popeyes were becoming after they moved down to Florida, I think Famous reinvigorated the series for a while.

Dave Tendlar also did some directed some really good cartoons at Famous in the 1940s. The studio seemed pretty worthy to carry on the Popeye series and others with how well they were incorporating elements of the Warner Bros. cartoons and Tex Avery shorts into their work, but starting the late 1940s and early 1950s, with Sam Buchwald's death, the shorts took a major dip into bland formula.

If you haven't already, you should also check out this link. It's a major reason why Famous Studios and even the Fleischers in their later period started to descend and devolve into plodding formula. It can also explain why the animators would later on try to do takes and how they would come across as being literal, unfunny interpretations of what Warners and Tex had done, even though they seemed to be very capable of drawing in the style from 1942 to at least 1949 or 1950.

http://seymourkneitel.blogspot.com/search?q=the+bible

Great post!

jeffreyJack said...

How come in this crazy f'ked up world, useless Kardashians are rich beyond belief, peddling their pudendum everywhere, while JohnK remains beloved yet still a working stiff like you and me? Go figure.

S-Harkey said...

Hahaha, I love your hater fanboy drawing! You need to include that character in something, theres so much ridiculousness you could do with that :)

Also, whats irresponsible about playing make believe Flintstones? Did you overdose the neighborhood kids on off-brand Fruity Pebbles and Flintstones chewable vitamins?

Ollie said...

Hey John, Have you seen this? It's a behind the scenes video of Fleischer studios when they were making Popeye.

http://www.wimp.com/theanimation/

Sorry I don't know how to put a clickable link to it.

Courtney Dipaola said...

Do you still have any of your earliest fanboy drawings?

Roberto Severino said...

In addition to my post about Famous Studios, here's an outstanding cartoon from them from 1946 called "Much Ado About Mutton." Really cool take in there. All of these are directed by Dave Tendlar.

I also recommend looking up the Dan Gordon produced cartoon "No Mutton Fer Nuttin."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B562mL_UivI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yPauHxXz1M

Here's "Lamb in a Jam," another Blackie short you might like and want to do some posts on.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRzaNqqkOGk

Archie said...

I loved your dreamworks version of Mickey.

Erik Butter said...

Yep i rarely watch cartoons on tv these days WTF happened? They don't even rerun old cartoons anymore. Kids should watch more Fleisher cartoons, they're great, even the ones without sound. I was a Disney nerd when i was a kid I always talked about Donald Duck, Mickey etc. Also Looney Tunes some times and drew them until my teacher was tired of me and actualy thought i was autistic... Wich I'm not. I was Just amazed by animation and drawings.

Ken said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Nicholas John Pozega said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
James Robert Smith said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
OliviaDing said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
kurtwil said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
chemistryguy said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
JTW said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.