Thursday, April 27, 2017

More Safety Tips From Your Hanna-Barbera Friends

Here are the remaining safety posters from Hanna-Barbera from 1965 that we didn’t post yesterday. Parents should be teaching this kind of stuff today. I see adults disobeying some of these traffic ones on an almost daily basis.

These attractive drawings are by Jerry Eisenberg and Iwao Takamoto.

Thanks again to Mark Christiansen for providing these.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Now, Safety Tips From Magilla and Wally Gator

How many kids took advice from cartoon characters? It’s hard to say, but grown-ups definitely thought they did. Hence Fred Flintstone stopped selling Winstons and Yogi Bear told kids to stop smoking.

Hanna-Barbera characters were enlisted in the public service. Maybe one of the most charming examples is in a collection of drawings courtesy of that fine animator and character designer, Mark Christiansen. (You can go to his site here and find out about his fun book “Animal Riddles”). The studio created some safety material for elementary schools in 1965 featuring pretty much all of its comedy stars at the time, including the Flintstones, Jetsons and even Touché Turtle. The artwork is by Jerry Eisenberg and Iwao Takamoto. Here are some of them. Click on them to enlarge.

The colour choices may be a little odd on a few of them but the artwork is enjoyable. My thanks to Mark for sharing these elsewhere on-line.

And remember—keep golf tees out of your mouth!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Huckleberry Hound in Play Ball!

Huckleberry Hound tosses a Huckleberry Hopper to Dixie in one of the little cartoons-between-the-cartoons on their show. Huck rubs the ball with his hand and in his glove in some cycle animation. Dixie hits a comebacker to the mound.

It only hurts when Huck laughs, which he’ll be doing when he watches the Pixie and Dixie cartoon immediately following.

And this is an ad in one of the Washington DC newspapers from 1960. A 10-year-old won the colouring contest. I don’t believe any stations were broadcasting Huck or Quick Draw in colour yet.

We’ll try to post another Huck bumper next month.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Flintstones Weekend Comics, April 1967

The Flintstones started out in life as a sitcom dealing with the suburban lives of Fred and Wilma Flintstone, and Barney and Betty Rubble next door. Well, the show evolved and so did the newspaper comic featuring the characters.

By April 1967, the cartoon show was into reruns. In the comics that month, the Rubbles rated only a mention and someone name “Pops” showed up casually, treated like a regular character. He still reminds me of a leprechaun without an upside-down clay pipe.

As well, Gene Hazelton or whoever was responsible for layouts of the comics seemed to be getting bored with backgrounds. There are an awful lot of panels that are just a solid colour, and not just the small thin panels.

There were five Sundays this particular month. April 2nd features Suzie, the swinging niece who says “Boss!” I keep waiting for her to sing the lyrics to the Pebbles and Bamm Bamm Show theme.

April 9th features Pebbles. In the second panel, the artist missed the chance to have the letters “H” and “B” on Pebbles’ block.

You’d think Fred, of all people, would want to spend more on food. April 16th proves otherwise. Note the sunrise in the distance of the first panel, middle row.

My favourite panel of the month is on April 23rd. Look at the last one. Pops is flicking his cigar ashes on Dino’s tail, while the dinosaur’s teeth are being brushed by Pebbles (Dino is holding the toothpaste tube).

April 30th is a switch on the old “meek husband” gag with a typical ending.

My thanks again to Richard Holliss for supplying the full-colour comics you see below.

April 2, 1967

April 9, 1967

April 16, 1967

April 23, 1967

April 30, 1967.