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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Animation: Ruff And Reddy

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In 1957, MGM shut down their animation department, but Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera were prepared. They immediately went into production on a low budget cartoon series designed for television. It was the seed that went on to grow into a television empire, yet the series hasn’t been distributed in years and few kids today know Ruff and Reddy the way they know other Hanna-Barbera creations like Yogi Bear and Fred Flintstone.

Ruff n ReddyRuff n ReddyHanna and Barbera knew that they had to make Ruff and Reddy quickly and cheaply. Within the space of a few months, their first airdate on NBC loomed. The tight budget and quick turnaround didn’t allow for much animation. The focus was put on the voices, layout and background styling. They designed the episodes as sequential cliffhangers- similar to the serials that played movie theaters in the thirties and forties. (The basic structure of the series was the same as the earlier TV cartoon series, Crusader Rabbit.)

The cartoons were designed to plug into a live action puppet show hosted by Jimmy Blaine, known for his characters Rubarb the Parrot and Jose the Toucan. Ruff and Reddy ended production in 1960. It continued in reruns on NBC in the Captain Bob Cottle show until 1964. After that, it was syndicated to local kiddie shows around the country.

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The two key voice actors who worked on Ruff and Reddy went on to become the core cast members of the Hanna Barbera team throughout the coming years… Don Messick and Daws Butler.

Ruff n ReddyRuff n ReddyDaws Butler was well established as a voice actor by the time Hanna and Barbera formed their TV studio. He had been an integral part of Bob Clampett’s Time For Beany, as well as providing voices for many Lantz and MGM cartoons. Butler was skilled at ad libbing and vocal impressions, which led to an association with Stan Freberg on Freberg’s popular comedy records like "St. George and the Dragon-Net&quot.

Through the late forties and early fifties, Don Messick was a ventriloquist. In the late fifties, Tex Avery was looking for a voice for Droopy to replace Bill Thompson, who had left MGM to work for Disney. Daws Butler, who had been recording for Avery for some time, suggested his friend Messick for the job. As performers, Messick and Butler were perfectly matched. They became a team in a long string of cartoons produced by Hanna-Barbera… Boo Boo and Yogi, Pixie and Dixie, etc.

Ruff n ReddyRuff n ReddyAs a cartoon, Ruff and Reddy really doesn’t stand up too well. The stories are directionless, the animation is almost non-existent and the cartoons are excessively talky with way too much narration. They really aren’t a very good model for animators today to follow… except in one respect. Ruff and Reddy had remarkable design, layout and background styling. It set the standard for the great Hanna Barbera series that followed. I don’t know the names of the entire crew that worked on these early cartoons, but a few key artists stand out.

No one is more responsible for the look of the early Hanna-Barbera series than Ed Benedict. Benedict began his career at Disney and Lantz in the 1930s. In 1952, he joined Tex Avery at MGM to design the modernist cartoons, Field And Scream, The First Bad Man, Deputy Droopy and Cellbound. Benedict was one of the first artists hired by Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera to work on their television cartoons. He was the principle designer on Ruff and Reddy, Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, Quick Draw McGraw and The Flintstones. Ed passed away last year. Read John K’s tribute on his blog, "All Kinds of Stuff".

Ruff n ReddyRuff n ReddyDick Bickenbach was a skilled draftsman with a strong sense of composition. He animated at Lantz, Warner Bros and MGM before joining Bill and Joe at their TV studio.
Because of his tight construction and clean line, his drawings were often used as models. In addition to design and layout duties on The Flintstones and Yogi Bear, he drew the comic book adaptations as well.

Art Lozzi was one of H-B’s main background painters. His use of color and texture in this particular cartoon is remarkable. John K has been interviewing Lozzi on his blog, "All Kinds of Stuff" See the following posts… Good Color Without A Lot of Money, Art Lozzi’s Technique on Skooter Looter and Art Lozzi on the Early Days of H-B

Carlo Vinci doesn’t have as much to do on Ruff and Reddy as he did on later H-B series like Huckleberry Hound and The Flintstones, but his hand is still evident in the animation. Vinci worked at Terry-Toons in New York for twenty years before moving west at the request of Joe Barbera. He was one of the first artists hired to work for the new TV studio, and he remained with H-B for twenty years.

RUFF AND REDDY MEET
PINKY THE PINT SIZED PACHYDERM

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Ruff and Reddy EPISODE ONE: Pinky The Pint Sized Pachyderm (Hanna-Barbera/1958) (Quicktime 7 / 9 megs)

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Ruff and Reddy EPISODE TWO: Last Trip Of A Ghost Ship (Hanna-Barbera/1958) (Quicktime 7 / 9 megs)

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Ruff and Reddy EPISODE THREE: The Irate Pirate (Hanna-Barbera/1958) (Quicktime 7 / 9 megs)

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Ruff and Reddy EPISODE FOUR: Dynamite Fright (Hanna-Barbera/1958) (Quicktime 7 / 9 megs)

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Ruff and Reddy EPISODE FIVE: Marooned In Typhoon Lagoon (Hanna-Barbera/1958) (Quicktime 7 / 9 megs)

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Ruff and Reddy EPISODE SIX: Scarey Harry Safari (Hanna-Barbera/1958) (Quicktime 7 / 9 megs)

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Ruff and Reddy EPISODE SEVEN: Jungle Jitters (Hanna-Barbera/1958) (Quicktime 7 / 9 megs)

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Ruff and Reddy EPISODE EIGHT: Bungle In The Jungle (Hanna-Barbera/1958) (Quicktime 7 / 9 megs)

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Ruff and Reddy EPISODE NINE: Miles Of Crocodiles (Hanna-Barbera/1958) (Quicktime 7 / 9 megs)

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Ruff and Reddy EPISODE TEN: A Creep In The Deep (Hanna-Barbera/1958) (Quicktime 7 / 9 megs)

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Ruff and Reddy EPISODE ELEVEN: Hot Shot’s Plot (Hanna-Barbera/1958) (Quicktime 7 / 9 megs)

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Ruff and Reddy EPISODE TWELVE: The Gloom Of Doom (Hanna-Barbera/1958) (Quicktime 7 / 9 megs)

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Ruff and Reddy EPISODE THIRTEEN: The Trapped Trap The Trapper (Hanna-Barbera/1958) (Quicktime 7 / 9 megs)

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Friday, December 17th, 2010

Biography: Dick Bickenbach

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Birth/Death

Birth: August 9, 1907
Death: June 28, 1994, San Bernardino, CA

Occupation/Title

Animator, Layout Artist, Comic Book Pencilist, Character Designer, Actor, Director

Bio Summary

Richard Bickenbach was born in Indiana August 9 1907. He moved to Los Angeles California during the 1930’s where he became a longtime animator for Hanna-Barbara. Spending the first years of his animation career (the 1930s, 1940s) working as a layout artist and animator for Iwerks and Warner Bros, he joined Hanna-Barbara in 1957, and worked at the animation department until 1975. He was credited for creating the first official Yogi Bear model sheets. In 1984, Bick won the Golden Award, Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists Awards.

Early Life/Family

Education/Training

Dick was an animator before he became a layout artist so he knew how to make his poses functional for the animators.

Career Outline

Richard Bickenbach was longtime animator for Hanna-Barbara. Spending the first years of his animation career (the 1930s, 1940s) working as a layout artist and animator for Iwerks and Warner Bros, he joined Hanna-Barbara in 1957, and worked at the animation department until 1975. He is credited for the design of the first official ‘Yogi Bear’ model sheets, and worked as layout artist on shows like ‘Yogi Bear’ and ‘The Flintstones’. Between 1977 and 1979 he was the main artist for Marvel’s ‘Flintstones’ and ‘Yogi Bear’ comic book lines (inks by Lee Hooper)

Comments On Style

Dick, has all the main beliefs of first-rate cartoon drawings, they do the job they are supposed to. They don’t only work as individual drawings. They also work as workable layouts. Dick drew smooth proportions and was an outstanding designer, great compositions and fine-looking layouts. His drawings are not only purposeful but, he has a pleasing delicate style.

Influences

Hanna-Barbara, Iwerks

Personality

Bickenbach was a conservative cartoonist and animator and worked on traditional cartoons. Bickenback from the MGM days was soft spoken and always had a winning smile.

Anecdotes

“Ed Benedict made fun of Dick’s work sometimes, just on the grounds that it wasn’t very imaginative and that shocked me. To someone of my generation who worked in an environment where almost nobody had real drawing skill, or functionality, let alone style, Dick stood out as a giant cartoonist.”- John K.

Miscellaneous

Filmography

Night Life of the Bugs (1936) (animator)
Turkey Dinner (1936) (animator)
Hobo Gadget Band (1939) (animator)
Busy Bakers (1940) (animator)
Confederate Honey (1940) (animator) (uncredited)
Little Blabbermouse (1940) (animator)
Porky’s Hired Hand (1940) (animator)
The Trial of Mr. Wolf (1941) (animator)
Rookie Revue (1941) (animator)
The Wabbit Who Came to Supper (1942) (animator)
Foney Fables (1942) (animator)
Pigs in a Polka (1943) (animator) (uncredited)
Yankee Doodle Daffy (1943) (animator)
Duck Soup to Nuts (1944) (animator)
Stage Door Cartoon (1944) (animator) (uncredited)
Herr Meets Hare (1945) (animator) (uncredited)
A Tale of Two Mice (1945) (animator) (uncredited)
Nasty Quacks (1945) (animator)
Hare Remover (1946) (animator)
Daffy Doodles (1946) (animator)
Hollywood Canine Canteen (1946) (animator)
Acrobatty Bunny (1946) (animator)
Walky Talky Hawky (1946) (animator)
The Mouse-Merized Cat (1946) (animator)
Easter Yeggs (1947) (animator)
A Mouse in the House (1947) (animator)
The Invisible Mouse (1947) (animator)
Southbound Duckling (1955) (layout artist)
Tom and Chérie (1955) (layout artist)
Smarty Cat (1955) (layout artist)
That’s My Mommy (1955) (layout artist)
Good Will to Men (1955) (layout artist)
The Flying Sorceress (1956) (layout artist)
The Egg and Jerry (1956) (layout artist)
Busy Buddies (1956) (layout artist)
Muscle Beach Tom (1956) (layout artist)
Down Beat Bear (1956) (Layout artist)
Blue Cat Blues (1956) (layout artist)
Barbecue Brawl (1956) (Layout artist)
Tops with Pops (1957) (layout artist)
Give and Tyke (1957) (layout artist)
Timid Tabby (1957) (layout artist)
Feedin’ the Kiddie (1957) (layout artist)
Scat Cats (1957) (layout artist)
Mucho Mouse (1957) (layout artist)
Tom’s Photo Finish (1957) (layout artist)
Happy Go Ducky (1958) (layout artist)
Royal Cat Nap (1958) (layout artist)
Mutts About Racing (1958) (animator)
The Vanishing Duck (1958) (layout artist)
Robin Hoodwinked (1958) (layout artist)
Droopy Leprechaun (1958) (animator) (layout artist)
Tot Watchers (1958) (layout artist)
“Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks” (1958) TV series (layout artist)
“The Huckleberry Hound Show” (1958) TV series (layout artist)
“Quick Draw McGraw” (1959) TV series (layout artist)
Little Bo Bopped (1959) (layout artist)
The Do-Good Wolf (1960) (layout artist)
“The Yogi Bear Show” (1961) TV series (layout artist)
Happy Go Loopy (1961) (layout artist)
Two Faced Wolf (1961) (layout artist)
The Space Car (1962) TV episode (layout artist)
The Coming of Astro (1962) TV episode (layout artist)
The Little Man (1963) TV episode (layout artist
“The Jetsons” (layout artist) (3 episodes, 1962-1963)
“The Magilla Gorilla Show” (1964) TV series (layout artist)
The Curse of Anubis (1964) TV episode (layout artist)
Treasure of the Temple (1964) TV episode (layout artist)
A Small Matter of Pygmies (1964) TV episode (layout artist)
The Fraudulent Volcano (1964) TV episode (layout artist)
Terror Island (1965) TV episode (layout artist)
“Jonny Quest” (layout artist) (6 episodes, 1964-1965)
aka The Adventures of Jonny Quest
Crow’s Fete (1965) (layout artist)
Fred Flintstone: Before and After (1961) TV episode (layout artist)
Christmas Flintstone (1964) TV episode (layout artist)
Fred Meets Hercurock (1965) TV episode (layout artist)
No Biz Like Show Biz (1965) TV episode (layout artist)
Shinrock-A-Go-Go (1965) TV episode (layout artist)
“The Flintstones” (layout artist) (8 episodes, 1960-1965)
The Man Called Flintstone (1966) (layout artist)
Jack and the Beanstalk (1967) (layout artist)
“The Atom Ant Show” (1967) TV series (layout artist)
“The Herculoids” (1967) TV series (layout artist) (unknown episodes)
The Magic Shillelah (1968) TV episode (layout artist)
The Curse of Thut (1968) TV episode (layout artist)
“The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (layout artist)
“The Adventures of Gulliver” (1968) TV series (layout artist)
“Scooby Doo, Where Are You!” (1969) TV series (layout artist)
“Cattanooga Cats” (1969) TV series (layout artist)
“Harlem Globe Trotters” (1970) TV series (layout artist)
aka The Go-Go Globetrotters (USA: rerun title)
“The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show” (1971) TV series (layout artist)
Yogi’s Ark Lark (1972) TV episode (layout artist
“The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie” (layout artist) (1 episode, 1972)
aka The New Saturday Superstar Movie
“The Flintstones Comedy Hour” (1972) TV series (layout artist) (1972) (as Dick Bickenbach)
aka The Flintstone Comedy Show (USA: repeat compilations title)
aka The Flintstones Show (USA: new title)
Mr. Bigot (1973) TV episode (layout artist) (as Dick Bickenbach)
Mr. Hothead (1973) TV episode (layout artist) (as Dick Bickenbach)
“Yogi’s Gang” (layout artist) (2 episodes, 1973)
“Partridge Family 2200 AD” (1974) TV series (character designer)
aka The Partridge Family in Outer Space (USA)
“Scooby’s All Star Laff-A-Lympics” (1977) TV series (layout artist) (1977) (as Dick Bickenbach)
aka Laff-A Lympics (USA: segment title)
aka Scooby’s All Stars (USA: new title)
aka Scooby’s Laff-A Lympics (USA: new title)
RV Fever/Birthday Boy/Clownfoot/Fred Goes Ape/Flying Mouse/Ghost-sitters (1980) TV episode (character designer)
“The Flintstone Comedy Show” (character designer) (1 episode, 1980) (layout artist) (1 episode, 1980)
aka Bedrock Cops (USA: segment title)
aka Captain Caveman (USA: segment title)
aka Dino and Cavemouse (USA: segment title)
aka Flinstones Funnies (USA: rerun title)
aka Pebbles, Dino and Bamm Bamm (USA: segment title)
aka The Flintstone Family Adventures (USA: segment title)
aka The Frankenstones (USA: segment title)
Bunnicula, the Vampire Rabbit (1982) TV episode (layout artist)
“ABC Weekend Specials” (layout artist) (1 episode, 1982)

Honors

1984, Golden Award, Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists Awards

Related Links

http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2008/04/tom-and-jerry-layouts-functional-and.html

Bibliographic References

www.Imdb.com

http://lambiek.net

http://www.askart.com

http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com

Contributors To This Listing
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