Monday, 13 October 2014

Grin and Share It Backgrounds

If it weren’t for the bright colours, and the jeep in front, this might look like a background from an early Hanna-Barbera cartoon.

There’d be a reason for that. This opening shot from MGM’s “Grin and Share It” was designed by Ed Benedict and drawn and painted by Fernando Montealegre, who both went on to work on “Huckleberry Hound,” “The Flintstones” and the other earliest Hanna-Barbera cartoons. This Droopy cartoon was released not too many months before H-B Enterprises was incorporated in 1957. The director of this cartoon, Mike Lah, worked at H-B for about its first year of operation.

Here are a couple more, including a snipped-together background that’s panned at the start of the cartoon.

And to add to the similarity with Hanna-Barbera, Scott Bradley’s orchestra plays Huckleberry Hound’s “My Darling Clementine” to open the cartoon.

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