Animator Mark Christiansen has alerted the world to someone (and I suspect I know who) that has posted a little gold mine of early Hanna-Barbera stuff I haven’t seen in years.
Maybe it’s just me, but I like watching animated characters outside the actual cartoons, in places like commercials, bumpers, interstitials, um, whatever they’re called. It seems so many of those have been lost to the ages. The late Earl Kress forlornly told me of trying to track down those little cartoons-between-the-cartoons for the Huck and Quick Draw shows. He found some but couldn’t find others.
Someone has them, because they’re on YouTube. I don’t recall any of these being on DVD sets. These are from 1961.
Let’s start with Huck. Mark points out Ed Love animated it and Tony Rivera did the layouts. You’ll notice Hoyt Curtin’s music contains the original Yogi Bear theme but Yogi wasn’t on the Huck show by this time. Hokey Wolf had replaced him. I think Bob Gentle is the background artist here, it looks like his trees.
Here are Ed and Tony again. By the way, Bill Hanna saved money on all these by having Dixie speak but Pixie silent. Saves paying Don Messick to do a voice; Daws Butler did all of them.
It’s the two Eds here, Ed Love and Ed Benedict. The building is like the one Ed Benedict designed for the Augie Doggie cartoon Whatever Goes Pup.
One more from Ed and Ed. If I had to guess, I’d say Art Lozzi did the backgrounds. There’s just the Huck theme in this arrangement, with Curtin’s trombone players at work.
Finally, an original opening and closing for the last episode of The Jetsons, with a little sponsor credit cartoon for Scotch Tape.
The announcer was all over the place in the 1960s. You heard him on ‘The Wonderful World of Disney.’ You loved him on ‘Lost in Space’ (“Danger Will Robinson!”). It’s Dick Tufeld speaking.
When The Jetsons DVD came out, the end credits of all the cartoons had been stripped and replaced with credits from one episode (and disgracefully full of interlacing, see frame to the right). This snippet has the original credits, which shows only Carlo Vinci and Hugh Fraser animated Elroy’s Mob, the story was by the late Barry Blitzer and among the layout artists were Irv Spector and Willie Ito. I learned to distinguish voice artists by watching the credits and you can see (and easily hear) Shep Menken is on this one.