Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Enough Already!

Funny drawings once existed in cartoons, even cheap ones.
Here's a bunch of Carlo Vinci poses...






Ken Muse above





Ken Muse on his own above

Ken Muse with Ed Benedict layouts below







22 comments:

Mitch K said...

Barney's eyes are totally cool!!

Roberto said...

I definitely agree with you on that, John. These Flintstones framegrabs (many of them were drawn by Carlo Vinci) prove that you a need huge budget is not needed to have funny drawings.

That "squiggly" Vinci animation from "Cock-A-doodle Huck" could have worked just as well to prove your point, though (this is not a complaint).

Mr. Trombley said...

I have a pair of questions: Why is this post titled "Enough Already!"? And what are those live action pictures from?

I always found it funny when Fred and Barney turned around without necks. Scenes like the tenth and third from last make up most of my memories of The Flintstones.

Josh "Just What the Doctor Ordered" Heisie said...

I love the one of Barney wearing the snorkel. I had never properly appreciated the Flintstones until your blog came along.

lastangelman said...

Screenshots from The Flagstones pilot.Yay!

Gregg said...

That Eddie shot really drives home your point.

(not to mention breaks up the pics, and gets a laugh too.)

I'd take funny drawings over switched symbols any day.

Thanks for yet, another great post.

Bruce said...

The image of Eddie, along with those Flintstone screen caps, had put a smile on my face.

Thanks for the screen caps, John.

Bruce

/\/\ikeB said...

Would funny cartoons have more competition now then during the Flintstone's era? Nowadays we have ebaum's world which just posts videos other people made. Running a site like that can't be expensive.

I'm assuming in the fifties home videos and submitting them was a little more cumbersome, and there probably wasn't as many.
Nowadays why make a cartoon when you could start a website like Ebaum's world for cheaper and just sift through, and post funny home videos? I'm not saying funny cartoons are obsolete - but I think there's way more funny stuff to compete with cartoons now.

Gabriel said...

hmmm, where's this one from? It looks kinda different...

Bitter Animator said...

Some really great pics here, although the one with the medicine cabinet looks dead to me. Quite a variety in the inking style too. That thick line has to be more expensive, right?

Out of curiosity, does a photo of Eddie without a funny face exist? His mom must have despaired at his school photos.

Larry Levine said...

The reason cartoons stopped looking like these early Flintstones is because everything aspect of production has to pass through so many hands that the life is sucked out from any form of visual creativity. As the old expression goes--"a camel is a horse put together by a committee".

nick griffith said...

i love ren and stmpy so much and could you tell me a little bit about it and by the the way john your the best

flashcartoons said...

does this mean an animating lesson for flinstones is coming up!?!?

i just finished a toon called "Caesar Salad", would really really really like pro input, its on me blog ;0)

nick griffith said...

hey john k your the best there is the best there was and the best there ever will be please respond

PCUnfunny said...

I love those early Flintstones ! Barney looks so retarted ! Oh and Happy Thanksgiving John ! ;)


" Why is this post titled "Enough Already!"? "

I guess John is tired of excuses of not having funny drawings in cartoons.

Joel Bryan said...

It just seems to me that if you don't have a huge budget you should rely even more on funny drawings because they don't cost any more than the sucky ones, but are much more cost effective.

At least that's the lesson I've learned from these.

Tedtoons said...

um, that pose with Fred kicking Barney at the pool table is more "funny...whaaa?..." than "funny...ha-ha!" What's going on with Fred's groin area? That makes me feel funny.

rodineisilveira said...

Johnny K.,

I could notice one thing: among the scenes from The Flintstones animated by the legendary Kenneth Muse, I could notice something rare: a commercial from Alka-Seltzer with Fred Flintstone (also animated by Kenneth Muse) - which was carried in the American televised media - also was included there.

rodineisilveira said...

Johnny K.,

We cannot forget that Alka-Seltzer sponsored The Flintstones, when this series was originally aired there in the USA by ABC.

Jim Rockford said...

yep those are great!
Too bad Hanna Barbera didnt stick with this kind of stuff rather than wind up with Scooby doo.
And the backrounds in the flintstones are fantastic too.

Jim Rockford said...

yep those are great!
Too bad Hanna Barbera didnt stick with this kind of stuff rather than wind up with Scooby doo.
And the backrounds in the flintstones are fantastic too.

HemlockMan said...

Some of the old Flintstones toons had some genuinely funny stuff. Sometimes I couldn't pin it down, but now I realize it was the choice of "body English" for the characters.