Bob Gribbroek’s scenic layouts in the Roadrunner cartoons of the early ‘50s weren’t as abstract as Maurice Noble’s in the later part of the decade. They certainly weren’t landscape art of New Mexico, like he painted on the side, but were representational enough to be an effective stage for the cartoons.
Here are some examples from “Beep, Beep,” released by Warners in 1951.
The best-known background drawing in this cartoon isn’t of a desert. It a video-gamish tunnel system in an underground coal mine. The Roadrunner and Coyote are different coloured dots that race through the passages.
And, being a Warners cartoon, there has to be an inside reference. Animator Ken Harris is in the soup business.
The backgrounds were expertly painted by Phil DeGuard.