Thursday 27 April 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.


  1. Well, to be fair, some of those traffic rules are often "easier said than done." For example, "Always enter and leave car on curb side." So, if I'm driving, or riding in the left side of the back side, and the car needs to be parked next to a sidewalk, I'm supposed to move across the car in order to be able to exit the car on the curb side, rather than simply leaving the car on the street side after looking carefully to make sure it is safe to do so?! Seriously??!! That's not a very practicable suggestion, I don't think. Or how about "Remember not to step in the street from behind parked cars." Really? So I'm supposed to look for another, probably less convenient spot at which to cross the street? Why can't I simply cross where I need to cross, provided that I make sure it is safe to do so?

    On a more positive note, these are very beautiful drawings. And I actually enjoy seeing these old official products where the characters are not wearing their usual colors. I take it as a license for kids to be creative. When I was a kid back in the '90's, I was a real stickler about coloring cartoon characters in their "proper" colors. I was wrong, I now feel. There's nothing wrong with being creative with the colors. If I had seen some of those old products growing up, perhaps I would have felt it safer to experiment with different colors. Oh, well. I still enjoy drawing classic cartoon characters and coloring them in my (increasingly rare) spare time. Maybe one of these days I'll draw a Hanna-Barbera character and use the "wrong" colors for a "retro" look. :)

    1. Actually, HC, that's exactly what my parents taught me. Slide across the seat and get out on the sidewalk. It's hardly an inconvenience. And you don't get your door (or you) hit by a car or a cyclist (some moron opened a car door on me again yesterday).
      The other one is called jaywalking. It's still illegal here.

    2. This was easier to do back when cars had bench seats. I see it all the time in old TV shows and movies. These days, with bucket seats and a console in the middle, it's kind of hard to slide across the front seat. It can still usually be done in the back, though.

      I wonder how I can grow a five o'clock shadow in neon yellow. (Actually, for me it takes a couple days for the shadow even to become noticeable.)

    3. Of course, for most of us at the time, we had no idea what the proper colors were for any Hanna-Barbera characters. We knew what they were in the comic books, and in the comic strip, but we were watching on black-and-white TVs. When I got my Milton Bradley Quick Draw McGraw Game, and Quick Draw was blue, I was actually delighted, because I knew that Huck was blue, and this was almost like they were brothers. (Hey, I was seven.) I've got a Huck bank and he's red. And even in the comic books, they couldn't seem to stay true to the cartoons. I still think Chopper looks weird with white ears because in the comics they were black. But it does seem to me that if these drawings are from the '70s (and I'm not sure they are), whoever colored them seems to have never seen any of the characters on TV at all.

    4. Yeah, I depended on my comics books to tell me the characters' colors. Drove my grandma crazy that I left Quick Draw uncolored in my coloring books.

      The Yacky Doodle drawing is a nice nod to "Make Way for Ducklings.

  2. In drawing #25, Yogi looks like he smells food in the car... :)