Wednesday, September 13, 2006

I want you to love Carlo Vinci







Marlo Meekins said...

great shapes and colors, funny drawings

can you imagine if family guy was in a similar style? it would be way easier on the eyes!

David Germain said...

can you imagine if family guy was in a similar style?

Hell, I'd say about 90% of shows made today should incorporate a similar style. That's what we need more than anything.

Yeah, John, you don't have to tell me twice about Carlo's greatness. I should try putting a bit of his technique into my work. (His and about 100 other greats from the golden era).

Nico said...

Family Guy burns my eyes. This is cartoon heaven.


sods'n'odds said...

Brilliant work! Thanks for posting the frames so we can clearly identify the brilliance!!!


Jorge Garrido said...

>can you imagine if family guy was in a similar style? it would be way easier on the eyes!

Then it would have SOME saving grace, but the writing would still suck. I would STILL love to see that happen.

Dr. Strange-Q said...

How could you not love that stuff? I used to put allot of that in my work. I didn't know who the animator was, but It came directly from these early Flintstones. It's such a strong signature style, that it stands on it's own.
Unfortunately allot of the stuff I've worked on in the past couple years is krap. They don't want it to look good. I'm trying to develop some stuff of my own, so I can have fun with it again.

Gabriel said...

It's interesting to see how important are the line weights. When did they start paying attention to lines in animation? I notice most stuff from 30s and 40s have thin uniform lines on the characters or anything that moves. Was that because they just liked it better or was it because it would make it easier for the inking folks? It's curious that early Fleischer shorts, specifically the ones with Koko (out of the inkwell?), have brush contours. Then again a good part of the animation was done with cutouts, that probably has something to do with it, right?

Roberto González said...

Yeah, I watched this episode last week and I loved the eyeballs thing in the first scene.

Vanoni! said...

Yooooouu dope!

It makes me want to record dialogue just to animate it.

And dig that crazy nose on Barney as he flings the ball back!

DJ Chillos said...

did you go to college to be a cartoonist or did you just start working right away?

Eric C. said...

Total Classics John. It's like they are human.

Say John, when are you going to send photos of what the Spumco building looks like and how you guys fool around during your breaks.

The dudes at Warner Bros goofed around, a.k.a. Cartoon inc. Goofes around in between work, even Jim Henson's tribe goofed around (un-related to animation) so you guys must goof around too? Right?

LeoBro said...

I love Fred's poses here, especially those when he's bowling. The character shows a studied grace, almost like a dancer's. Fred is willing to add flourish and go a little extra distance purely for the fun of the effect. This character delights in himself. Jackie Gleason expressed that same flair, which is especially fun to see on a large person.

Thinking about this, I realized this is a huge difference with the look of today's cartoon "stars": Not only are they flat (2-dimensional). They uniformly droop as if they're experiencing a life of misery. Is this how we are supposed to collectively view ourselves these days?

I'd rather put a little dance into my step like Fred, Jackie and Carlo.

Robert Hume said...

Yeah that's great stuff, I remember watching that episode as a kid too...MANY times!

Freckled Derelict said...

This type of cartoon acting is so damn funny. I just can't understand why everyone isn't doing it.
I love the last two frame grabs!

Robert Hume said...

Hey John, I know you may not be interested in doing this(due to the fact you don't care for cartoon writers and you have PLENTY of your own ideas to pitch as shows), but what if Spumco offered to animate an episode of the Simpsons, or Family Guy, or one of these horriblly animated Primetime shows just to show people what they are missing. I mean show them what you can do with the same exact budget they give the other animation studios and maybe you'd turn a few heads! Show people what there missing! Awesome Designs, Great Colors, Smart and Skillfully done animation, Great Posses, Expressions, exc...I mean I've heard Matt Groening talk about you in animation magazine and in other places in the past as though he's a very big BIG fan of your work! Maybe he'd be all about it. Just a thought.


Max Ward said...

These clips are great, are there other good Flinstones animators?

Max Ward said...

Hey John, I just made a blog entry about my saturday at the archive and at your house. I'll be back in LA as soon as I can, I had a great time. Thanks for letting go to your house.

k9_kaos said...

I love how the animation complements the voice acting so well. Not only in the "You dope" clip, but also in the "Nose handling" clip, when Barney says "My-y-y-y Captain!" It's something that you'd never see in anime (which is understandable - after all, the original voice tracks for anime shows are in Japanese, and it would be pretty costly to reanimate them for English-speaking audiences).

On another note, I just ordered the Preston Blair book yesterday! I'm pretty sure I ordered the version that John K recommends (the cheaper paperback one with squirrels on the cover). I've even tried designing my first character using construction principles - an as-yet nameless pot-smoking rabbit - but I'll have to wait until I get the book to learn how to do it properly. I'd also love to be able to post my drawings on the internet so that I can receive constructive criticism from more experienced cartoonists. Can anyone help me out? Thanks!

Joel Bryan said...

One of my favorite scenes in this episode is when Wilma is feeling bad for Fred and telling Betty about how he's running a fever.

Cut to a bowling Fred shouting, "I'M HOT TONIGHT!"

Or something like that. It's been a while but I really dug the brilliance of that moment.

Clarke (Csnyde) said...

So many of these scenes you posted were always some of my favorites and I could never figure out why.

I always especially loved scenes when Fred would be bowling because it was such a unique and funny take on the actual real life actions of a bowler.

And I also love how the eyes, noses and mouths Carlo draws are so indinivdual and unique to the expression and miles away from anything in the models sheets, which makes for incredibly funny and believable animation (well for a cartoony cartoon anyway)

Well at least now I can put a name to the artist responisble for such fun and inventive pure cartooniness.

I really do need to go back and examine those first season episodes of the Flintstones much more closely.

Consider Carlo Vinci Loved.

Thanks again John.

Kevin W. Martinez said...

"Hell, I'd say about 90% of shows made today should incorporate a similar style. That's what we need more than anything."

If thearing apart modern cartoons is a necessity on this blog, why not name indivual examples of modern cartoons that should be retooled isntead of resorting to the tired old generalization of "One cartoon does uses animation technique XYZ, while modern cartoons don't and therefore suck"

rodineisilveira said...

Hello, Johnny K.!

I recognize these scenes! They're from the first Flintstones episode, titled The Flintstone Flyer, where Barney builds a vehicle which sounds like a helicopter; and with this vehicle, Fred and Barney follow to the bowling, while their spouses goes to the opera (the girls would that Fred and Barney went with them to the opera, but the boys perefered play bowling hidden of the gals).
This episode contains the layout made by the legendary Ed Benedict.
Well, that's it!

Cheers from this faithful friend who always writes 4 U,

Rodinei Campos da Silveira (from São Paulo, Brazil)



rodineisilveira said...

Johnny K.,

I've found on Dailymotion (, this same scene in which Fred insults Barney ("YOOOOOOOOOU DOPE!"), at the moment in which Wilma and Betty discovered the plot of their hubbies to bail out from the opera to the bowling. And this same scene is dubbed in Portuguese ("SEU I-DI-O-TA!"). Feel the syncronism of this scene in Portuguese, when Fred insults Barney by the dumb stuff which he comitted. This video is on the following address:
Enjoy to see it, and good luck!

rodineisilveira said...

Johnny K.,

This same scene (dubbed in Portuguese) from the final sequence of The Flintstone Flyer is also present on YouTube (
You can see it on the following link:
I wish U a good luck!

rodineisilveira said...

Fred's eyeball scene (animated by Carlo Vinci) of The Flintstone Flyer, the first episode from The Flintstones (Hanna-Barbera/Columbia Pictures, 1960-66): YAK-YAK-YAK-YAK-YAK!