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Bronk & Bongo

Alan’s cartoon school

May 30th, 2006

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I was a child in the fifties and we had a giant black and white set as big as a range that rested on iron legs. Broke the dial at least once wrenching it back and forth searching for something to watch, especially on Sunday mornings. We had Farmer Brown cartoons, silents with un-synched music tracks (might have been the same cartoon every morning, now that I think of it) and Gumby and Davey and Goliath and Ruff and Reddy. Tom Terrific on Captain Kangaroo. Later came Bullwinkle and Hanna Barbera, my heroes. I loved Quick Draw and Baba Louie, Snagglepuss, and Huckelberry Hound. Raced home from school to catch my favorites, which I watched all afternoon (I was largely unsupervised as a child — and I think I turned out fine! Twitch, twitch!) Waited with anticipation for the stock jokes — and did all their voices. My friends said I sounded just like them. Which means I must have been a huge Daws Butler fan, though I didn’t know it at the time. Well into my 20s, my girlfriend (she became my wife) would wake up late on Saturday mornings and find me sitting on the couch with a big bowl of cereal, watching cartoons. Bloggingly yours, Manny and Alan

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Interesting….

 

Alan forgot to mention that it was his love of H&B which got him using their sound effects library in college radio, which in turn, got me to undertake the largest reclaimation project in the studio’s history when I got there in the 90s. http://www.sound-ideas.com/hb.html

 

I yes, the classic cartoons. I really burns me that Saturdays just don’t hold that magic they used to. If you over slept you were screwed for a week, and if you ever got up earlier than 7 you were guarenteed to get the most cartoons for your time. I’m younger than you Alan but I remember getting up to watch SuperFriends in the 70’s, the Smurfs in the 80’s along with other funfare like Mr.T and the occasional pile of rubbish like Punky Brewster and GARY COLEMAN’s KID WITH THE BROKEN HALO. How fun a cartoon about the ghost of a dead child trying to redeam himself. And the villian in that cartoon was Hornswaggle, not to be confused with Hornswiggle. I miss the magic of those days long gone. Saturday mornings just plain suck these days. All anime gibberish or poorly animated nonesense. Thank god for BOOMERANG!

 

Nothing, but nothing beats the HANNA BARBERA classics. Oh they went threw a terrible phase in the late 70’s making some of the worst stuff ever. But i forgive them for that, after all they gave us, Yogi, SNagglepuss, Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy, Wacky Racers, Wally Gator, Magilla and all the rest. Ah how I miss thee.

 

By far the best audio library in the world belongs to HB. Oh how I wish I could have worked for them in the 50’s, of course I would probably be ancient or dead right now if that were the case.

 

The only reason I’ve been silently following this blog is because of my obsession with Hanna Barbera and thus far, Bronk and Bongo’s similar look and style of the classic HB shorts. Please let this be the true look of the short! Someone needs to bring it back!

 

Trisha, in 1998, Rob Renzetti (of Teenage Robot fame) created an Oh Yeah! short called ‘Ask Edward’ also as a homage to H&B. It’s a little Augie Dogie, and a little bit Doggie Daddy. http://frederator.com/rez.php?i=zoom&id=59&album=5

 

Hanna Barbera is the only reasons cartoons even interest me. These guys are amazing pioneers and without them we wouldn’t have the rich cartoon history we have today. They really made it possible for us to be able to have cartoons on television. The thing that is really amazing is, if you watch those early cartoons today, the writing is really fairly sophisticated, simple scenarios that kids could grasp but jokes were written that many times we meant to go over kids heads. I don’t think writing like this would ever fly in todays market for that kind of format of cartoon. I don’t think Danny Phantom or Fairly Oddparents or SpongeBob would try to go into that sophisticated an area, not because of the creators but mostly because the FOCUS groups or the system would probably eliminate anything that they deemed too sophisticated.

 

Hanna Barbera is my main reason for doing what I do. There is something about Tom and Jerry, Yogi, Huckleberry hound, the Flintstones, the JETSONS, Atom Ant, and so on that is just so amazing in how they captured my imagination that I can’t even put it into words. I’d race home from school and watch the weekday afternoon block and on Saturday mornings I’d be there front and center watching the new stuff. As I got older I learned to appreciate it all over again on a different level. As an artist I’m still fascinated with the sophisitcated simplicity of their designs. The beauty in their hand painted backgrounds and their inventive use of color and sound. It is my goal to have Bronk and Bongo convey as much of this organic quality and strong design that was inherent in all of these early gems. I know it’s very presumtious of me and i hope I can pull it off. There aren’t many cartoons that are done in this fashion any more. Everyone is doing whatever is fastest and cheapest, looking to cut as many corners as possible. Alot of modern cartoons lack the warmth, charm and craftsmanship that went into those cartoons of old. And I’m guilty of working in this fashion as well, I just think it would be a shame if this type of animation died out in favor of a more cold or mechanical production line sort of cartoon. I’m really rambling now aren’t I? I’ll shut up now.

 

Please tell me more about where I might research Farmer Brown Cartoons, complete with mice. I have been looking for a very long time to find a mention of them.

Thank You

 

After a year of wondering the same, I learned that the character actually featured was called Farmer Grey. Google him for lots more references, including cartoons for sale

 

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